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James L. Beard Award Nominees Announced

By Erin in Food on Apr 8, 2005 9:24PM

Yesterday the nominees for the biggest prize awarded to select members of the culinary world were announced and, not surprisingly, Chicago is well represented.

2005_04_jamesbeard.gifIn the running for a coveted James L. Beard "outstanding service award" are three Chicago restaurants, which is an amazing feat considering there are only five nominees:

Congratulations go out to the teams of Spiaggia, Topolobampo and Tru.

Other local nominees include:

*Sandro Gamba of NoMi; Michael Kornick of MK, and Shawn McClain of Spring, all finalists for best chef in the Midwest.

*Richard Melman, of Lettuce Entertain You Enterprises, for the outstanding restaurateur award.

*Jean Joho, chef and owner of Everest, for the outstanding restaurant award.