The semifinalists have been named for the biggest culinary award in all the land, the James Beard Awards.
Official nominees will be announced on March 15, and awarded on May 2.
Congrats, and good luck to our local list of talent:
For Best Chef Midwest:
Paul Berglund, The Bachelor Farmer
Thomas Boemer, Corner Table and Revival
Jim Christiansen, Heyday
Jorge Guzman, Surly Brewing Co.
Russell Klein, Meritage
Lenny Russo, Heartland Restaurant & Farm Direct Market
Mike Brown, Bob Gerken, and James Winberg, Travail Kitchen & Amusements.
For Outstanding Baker:
Michelle Gayer, The Salty Tart
John Kraus, Patisserie 46
For Outstanding Pastry Chef:
Diane Yang, Spoon and Stable