This morning the James Beard Award Semifinalists were announced and there were heaps of love sent in our direction with noticeably more female chefs and women-owned restaurants being recognized. The James Beard Awards are considered by most in the hospitality industry to be the pinnacle of career achievement. Past winners include Tim McKee, Alex Roberts and more.
This year’s finalists will be culled from this long list on Wednesday March 14. The award ceremony this year will be held in Chicago on Monday May 7.
The restaurants and chefs recognized are:
Grand Cafe, Best New Restaurant
Michelle Gayer of The Salty Tart, Outstanding Baker
This national award recognizes past best chef winners. Roberts took home is James Beard Award in 2010
112 Eatery, Outstanding Service
Best Chef Midwest
Gavin Kaysen, Spoon and Stable
Jamie Malone, Grand Cafe
Lisa Carlson, Chef Shack
Jay Sparks, Lovechild (in Lacrosse, Wi)