Published: Thu, March 16, 2017
Culture | By Ray Hoffman

Minnesotans Among Nat'l 2017 James Beard Foundation Nominees

Minnesotans Among Nat'l 2017 James Beard Foundation Nominees

Former Madison chef Justin Carlisle, who owns the 22-seat restaurant Ardent in Milwaukee, was nominated Wednesday for a James Beard Award in the category of "Best Chef: Midwest". In 2014, Peche won the national award for best new restaurant. Texas-area chefs and restaurants have dominated the Southwest category in recent years, and this year is no exception.

ABC7's Hungry Hound, Steve Dolinsky, is a finalist in the TV Segment category of the Media Awards for the 2017 James Beard Awards. This was Hollyday's third consecutive year being named a semifinalist.

Raskin was nominated in the "Local Impact" category - a new category for 2017 - for her pieces "Feeding the Prison System", "Free Crabs!" and "A Significant Goodbye".

Pizzeria Bianco, a semifinalist for Outstanding Restaurant, was also not a finalist this year.

You might remember that Arizona chefs and restaurants were completely shut out of the Beard Awards by this point in the award season a year ago.

The James Beard Foundation - named for the beloved cookbook author, kitchen instructor and champion of the culinary arts - is a non-profit dedicated to supporting American culinary heritage. The Esquire Tavern was a semifinalist this year for Outstanding Bar Program this year, but did not advance.

The Foundation recognized Tampa Bay Times food critic Laura Reiley for her "Farm to Fable" series in the James Beard Media Awards's Food Reporting category.

Also, Birmingham-based Cooking Light magazine is a finalist in three categories of the James Beard Foundation Journalism Awards, which were also announced today.

Good luck to all, and stay tuned for the results of the awards following the ceremony in Chicago on May 1.

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