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Twin Cities chefs fall short in 2015 James Beard 'food Oscars'


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Despite several nominations, Minnesota's chefs and restaurants went home empty-handed from the James Beard Foundation awards Monday night.

Several Twin Cities chefs were in the running for awards at the ceremony in Chicago, among them Gavin Kaysen's recently-opened Minneapolis eatery Spoon and Stable, which was nominated in the best new restaurant category, while Shea Inc. was nominated in best restaurant design for its work on the restaurant.

But the New York Times reports Spoon and Stable lost out to Bâtard in New York for best new restaurant, and Soma won restaurant design for its design of the Workshop Kitchen & Bar in Palm Springs, California.

The Twin Cities had a 3-5 chance to win the title of Best Chef: Midwest. Minneapolis chefs Michelle Gayer of the Salty Tart, Paul Berglund of The Bachelor Farmer and Lenny Russo of Heartland Restaurant were all nominated.

However, the Star Tribune reports the prize went to Gerard Craft of Niche, in St. Louis, Missouri.

Gayer lost out in the same category last year alongside Butcher & Boar chef Jack Riebel, in what was another winless one for Minnesota's chefs and restaurants.

You can find a full list of winners here.

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