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12 Minnesota chefs make list of James Beard semifinalists

Twelve of our local best have been nominated for the biggest award in the land.

Twelve of our local best have been nominated for the biggest award in the land.

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