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Beard Nominees Announced

By Chuck Sudo in Food on Mar 24, 2008 6:25PM

2008_02_beard.jpgAfter voting in the Chicago Way, the 2008 James Beard Award nominees were announced today (via). The list is filled with some familiar names (Grant Achatz for outstanding chef, Rich Melman for Outstanding restaurateur) and encompasses a good cross section of the city's dining scene. For the coveted "Best Chef: Great Lakes" category, the inclusion of North Pond's Bruce Sherman, Naha's Carrie Nahabedian and Graham Elliot Bowles gives Chicago a 3-in-5 chance that the winning chef will be located here. The one section where Chicago's restaurants were notably absent was in the "best new restaurant" category, where Sepia was snubbed.

The Gerasoles (CBS2's Vince and his Spatulatta daughters Olivia and Isabella) made nominations a family affair. Papa Gerasole earned marks for his "Table for Two" segment on Channel 2, while his daughters earned a nod for their podcast.

Take a look at the list and let us know who you think should have been nominated.