This morning the James Beard Foundation announced the 2016 semifinalists for the most-sought-after, recognizable award in the food business. This year included several Twin Cities newcomers to the list and a few who have received the nods, but are yet to bring it home. The key word being "yet." On March 15 the list will be winnowed down to official nominees. Awards will be handed out in Chicago on May 2.
Congratulations to all those recognized!
Best Chef, Midwest:
Lenny Russo, Heartland
Paul Berglund, The Bachelor Farmer
Russell Klein, Meritage
Mike Brown, James Winberg and Bob Gerken of Travail Kitchen & Amusements
Jorge Guzman, Surly Brewing
Jim Christiansen, Heyday
Thomas Boemer, Corner Table
Michelle Gayer of the Salty Tart for Outstanding Baker
John Kraus of Patisserie 46 for Outstanding Baker
Diane Yang of Spoon and Stable for Outstanding Pastry Chef