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James Beard Award Semifinalists Includes a Slew of Twin Cities Talent

The long list for the culinary world’s top honors was announced today

A close up of the James Beard Award.
Congratulations to our Twin Cities talents that received this recognition
Eater file photo/James Beard Foundation

This morning the James Beard semifinalists were announced, and there were heaps of love sent in our direction. The James Beard Awards are considered by most in the hospitality industry to be the pinnacle of career achievement. Past winners include Gavin Kaysen, Tim McKee, Alex Roberts, and Isaac Becker.

Best New Restaurant

Popol Vuh

Outstanding Pastry Chef

Diane Moua, Spoon & Stable

Outstanding Restaurant

Restaurant Alma

Outstanding Restauranteur

Brenda Langton and Timothy Kane, Spoonriver

Outstanding Wine Program

The Bachelor Farmer

Rising Star Chef

Rikki Giambruno, Hyacinth

Best Chef Midwest

Thomas Boemer, In Bloom

Steven Brown, Tilia

Daniel del Prado, Martina

Ann Kim, Young Joni

Jamie Malone, Grand Cafe

Christina Nguyen, Hai Hai

Karyn Tomlinson, Corner Table

Popol Vuh

1414 Quincy Street Northeast, , MN 55413 (612) 345-5527 Visit Website

Young Joni

165 13th Avenue Northeast, , MN 55413 (612) 345-5719 Visit Website

In Bloom at Keg & Case Market

928 7th Street West, , MN 55102 (651) 237-9630 Visit Website

Grand Cafe

3804 Grand Avenue South, , MN 55409 (612) 822-8260 Visit Website

Spoonriver Restaurant

750 S 2nd St, Minneapolis, MN 55401 612-436-2236 Visit Website

Hai Hai

2121 University Avenue Northeast, , MN 55418 (612) 223-8640 Visit Website

The Bachelor Farmer

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

Restaurant Alma

528 University Avenue Southeast, , MN 55414 (612) 379-4909 Visit Website


790 Grand Avenue, , MN 55105 (651) 478-1822 Visit Website


4312 Upton Avenue South, , MN 55410 (612) 922-9913 Visit Website

Spoon and Stable

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