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Twin Cities restaurant and three chefs make the final of the 'Food Oscars'

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Here's something to wine and dine over - several Twin Cities chefs and freshman restaurant Spoon and Stable are finalists for the 2015 James Beard Foundation Awards.

The finalists were announced Monday for the highly coveted awards, which are dubbed the "Oscars of the food world."

Newcomer Spoon and Stable in Minneapolis is a finalist in two awards: Best New Restaurant, and Outstanding Restaurant Design in the 76 seats and over category.

The restaurant in Minneapolis' Warehouse District only opened in November, and is helmed by star New York City chef and Bloomington, Minnesota-native Gavin Kaysen.

It looks as though Minnesota has the most talented cooks in the region, with Twin Cities chefs dominating nominations in the Best Chef: Midwest category.

The Bachelor Farmer's Paul Berglund, Salty Tart's Michelle Gayer and Lenny Russo of Heartland Restaurant & Farm Direct Market of St. Paul, make up three of only five finalists.

Food media finalists

Some of Minnesota's well-known eaters also made the cut as finalists. WCCO's Jason DeRusha is up for Television Segment for "DeRusha Eats," while Andrew Zimmern is a finalist for his Travel Channel show Bizarre Foods.

The Perennial Plate: Africa and the Americas by local duo Mirra Fine and David Klein is a finalist for the Video Webcast, on Location.

According to the Minneapolis Eater, both Zimmern and the Perennial Plate team are previous Beard award-winners.

Fourteen Minnesota made the cut as semifinalists, which were announced last month.

The award ceremony will be held on Monday, May 4, in Chicago.

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