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Minneapolis and St. Paul Semifinalists for the James Beard Awards 2016

Several new names made the list.

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

The Bachelor Farmer

50 North 2nd Avenue, , MN 55401 (612) 206-3920 Visit Website

Salty Tart

2940 Harriet Avenue, , MN 55408 (612) 874-9206 Visit Website

Patisserie 46

4552 Grand Avenue South, , MN 55419 (612) 354-3257 Visit Website


2700 Lyndale Avenue South, , MN 55408 (612) 200-9369 Visit Website

Corner Table

4257 Nicollet Avenue S, Minneapolis, MN 55409 (612) 823-0011


410 Saint Peter Street, , MN 55102 (651) 222-5670 Visit Website

Market House Collaborative

289 5th Street East, , MN 55101 Visit Website

Spoon and Stable

211 North 1st Street, , MN 55401 (612) 224-9850 Visit Website