Minnesota chefs up for James Beard awards

James Beard Award

None of the six Metro Detroit chefs and businesses named as semifinalists in the 2017 James Beard Foundation Awards advanced when the final nominees were announced Wednesday from Los Angeles.

On the national level, Aaron Silverman's prix fixe Pineapple and Pearls is among the finalists for Best New Restaurant.

Chef Donald Link, the restaurateur behind Herbsaint, Cochon and Peche, is a nominee for the fourth time in the Outstanding Chef category.

The award winners will be revealed on April 25 at a ceremony in New York City. This was Hollyday's third consecutive year being named a semifinalist.

Calagione, founder of the Milton craft brewery, has just received his seventh consecutive James Beard Award finalist nomination in the category of most outstanding Wine, Beer, or Spirits Professional.

This year, a local newspaper is Florida's sole James Beard nom. Fox has been named a semifinalist in the category every year since 2008, but failed to make the short list this year.

Last year, Paul Berglund of Minneapolis' Bachelor Farmer took home the prize for best chef in the Midwest. Last year, the Best Chef: South award went to New Orleans chef Justin Devillier of La Petite Grocery and Balise.

Also, Birmingham-based Cooking Light magazine is a finalist in three categories of the James Beard Foundation Journalism Awards, which were also announced today. Death and Taxes was a finalist in 2016 for Best New Restaurant.

Downtown cocktail lounge Standby was the sole local business listed as a semifinalist for Outstanding Bar Program.

Winners will be announced May 1 in Chicago during the 2017 James Beard Awards Gala, often billed as the Oscars of food.

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