Feb 272012

The Nominations are out for the 2012 James Beard Foundation Awards and once again the Twin Cities are making a big presence.  Congratulations to all the nominees!
Best New Restaurant:

  • The Bachelor Farmer, Minneapolis

Outstanding Bar Program:

  • La Belle Vie, Minneapolis

Outstanding Chef:

  • Tim McKee, La Belle Vie, Minneapolis

Outstanding Pastry Chef:

  • Michelle Gayer, Salty Tart Bakery, Minneapolis

Outstanding Restaurant:

  • Restaurant Alma, Minneapolis

Outstanding Restaurateur:

  • Richard D’Amico and Larry D’Amico, D’Amico & Partners, Minneapolis

Outstanding Service:

  • Manny’s Steakhouse, Minneapolis

Rising Star Chef of the Year:

  • Sameh Wadi, Saffron Restaurant & Lounge, Minneapolis

Best Chef: Midwest:

  • Mike Brown and James Winberg, Travail Kitchen and Amusements, Robbinsdale, MN
  • Steven Brown, Tilia, Minneapolis
  • Doug Flicker, Piccolo, Minneapolis
  • Russell Klein, Meritage, St. Paul, MN
  • Lenny Russo, Heartland Restaurant & Farm Direct Market, St. Paul, MN
  • Stewart Woodman, Heidi’s, Minneapolis


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