Five people with Minnesota ties are now finalists for some of the most coveted awards in the food industry.
The James Beard Foundation awards – called the “Oscars of the food world” – honor chefs, bakers, restaurateurs and journalists for their excellence in a variety of categories.
In the Best Chef: Midwest category, with two of Minnesota's semifinalists made it to the finals:
- Paul Berglund of The Bachelor Farmer in Minneapolis. He has been named a semifinalist three times, and a finalist twice, including in2014 and 2015.
- Lenny Russo of Heartland Restaurant & Farm Direct Market in St. Paul. Russo has been a semifinalist nine times, and has been named a finalist five times, the Star Tribune said.
Minnesotans were also named finalists for James Beard Foundation culinary journalism awards – categories that don't have semifinalists.
Raghavan Iyer, a Minneapolis-based cookbook author, was nominated in the Video Webcast, Fixed Location and/or Instructional category for "Indian Curries: The Basics & Beyond" published on craftsy.com.
Restaurant critic and five-time James Beard winner Dara Moskowitz Grumdahl was nominated for the Craig Claiborne Distinguished Restaurant Review Award for her pieces in Mpls.St.Paul Magazine: “Spoon & Stable,” “Gilding the Chicken,” “A Second Act for the Forum?”
The winners in the restaurant and chef categories will be announced at a gala event in Chicago on May 2, while the winners in the journalism categories will be named at an event in New York City on April 26.