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Slew of Chicago Chefs up for National, Great Lakes James Beard Awards

February 21 2012 - 4:25 PM

Izard_james_boardChicago is no stranger to James Beard Award-winning chefs (it's not like we're Ann Arbor! Oh wait…). But in an era when seemingly every blog, magazine, and website has to throw its own awards show, the James Beard Awards are still one of the most prestigious, and probably one of the best indications of career-long success. 

Today, the James Beard Foundation announced the 2012 semifinalist, and Chicago is well-represented. Here's hoping they all make it through as Award winners. Ahead, the Chicago chefs nominated by category.

Outstanding Chef (National)
Paul Kahan (Blackbird)
Carrie Nahabedian (Naha)
Tony Mantuano (Spiaggia)

Oustanding Restaurant (National, restaurants older than 10 years)

Rising Star Chefs (National, chefs under 30 years old)
David Beran (Next)
David Posey (Blackbird)
Matthew Kirkley (L2O)

Best New Restaurant (National)

Outstanding Restaurateur (National)
Donnie Madia (One Off Hospitality)

Oustanding Service (National)

Humanitarian of the Year (National, Winner)
Charlie Trotter

Oustanding Pastry Chef (National)
Mindy Segal (Hot Chocolate)
Patrick Fahy (Cafe des Architectes)

Best Chefs Great Lakes
Michael Carlson (Schwa)
Stephanie Izard (Girl & The Goat)
Martial Noguier (Bistronomic)
Chris Nugent (Goosefoot)
Bruce Sherman (North Pond)
Giuseppe Tentori (BOKA)
Paul Virant (Vie)
Andrew Zimmerman (Sepia)

–Kate Bernot