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James Beard Award Nominations Recognize Minneapolis Chefs

Three distinquished chef/owners who are changing the way we eat get the recognition

Ann Kim inside Young Joni.
Ann Kim of Young Joni is just one of the chefs recognized
Katie Cannon/Eater Twin Cities

This morning the James Beard finalists were announced and there were heaps of love sent to three chef/owners in Minneapolis. The James Beard Awards are considered by most in the hospitality industry to be the pinnacle of career achievement. Past chef winners include Tim McKee, Alex Roberts and Isaac Becker.

Already this year, local chef and author Sean Sherman, CEO and founder of The Sioux Chef has been honored with a James Beard Award for Leadership.

The award ceremony this year will be held in Chicago on Monday May 6. Here’s the full list of all the award nominees.

The restaurants and chefs recognized are:

Best Chef Midwest

Ann Kim, Young Joni

Jamie Malone, Grand Cafe

Christina Nguyen, Hai Hai

Pizzeria Lola

5557 Xerxes Avenue South, , MN 55410 (612) 424-8338 Visit Website

Young Joni

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

Hai Hai

2121 University Ave NE, Minneapolis, MN 55418 Visit Website

Grand Cafe

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