Thursday, 25 May, 2017

Minnesotans Among Nat'l 2017 James Beard Foundation Nominees

Steven Brown Two top Minnesota chefs reel in James Beard Award nominations
Felix Bryan | 16 March, 2017, 00:11

Head chef Scott Muns (left) and chef-owner Aaron Silverman (right) in the kitchen at Pineapple and Pearls, a James Beard nominee for best new restaurant.

Started in 1986, the foundation is named after a champion of American cuisine, the late James Beard. Reiley's series began in April 2016, and a couple follow-up stories to the investigation's initial Parts 1 through 3 have been published since.

ABC7's Hungry Hound, Steve Dolinsky, is a finalist in the TV Segment category of the Media Awards for the 2017 James Beard Awards.

Kinston chef Vivian Howard has a chance to pick up another James Beard Award.

Two Baltimore restaurants that were semifinalists in other James Beard Award categories did not make the cut of nominees this year. Last year, the Best Chef: South award went to New Orleans chef Justin Devillier of La Petite Grocery and Balise.

While 14 North Carolina chefs had been named semifinalists last month, including nine in the Triangle, only one chef from the state is advancing as a finalist: John Fleer of Rhubarb in Asheville.

The Foundation announced the nominees Wednesday morning in a Facebook live video. The Esquire Tavern was a semifinalist this year for Outstanding Bar Program this year, but did not advance.

Guzman and Brown were both named nominees in the Best Chef: Midwest category, the first such honor for either of them.

-- Chris Hastings of Birmingham's Hot and Hot Fish Club, for best chef in the South in 2012.

Joining Highlands Bar and Grill in the outstanding restaurant category are Frasca Food and Wine, Boulder, Colo.; Momofuku Noodle Bar, New York City; Quince, San Francisco; The Spotted Pig, New York City; and Topolobampo, Chicago.

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