James Beard Awards

Carmen Troesser | Sauce Magazine

Two St. Louis chefs are finalists in the James Beard Foundation Awards in the category of Best Chef: Midwest.

Greg Rannells

The James Beard Foundation today announced the semifinalists for its prestigious awards that honor the best in the restaurant and bar industry. The St. Louis area is well represented. 

Leading this year’s pack locally is first-time semifinalist chef Mike Randolph, who is up for Best Chef: Midwest. Randolph’s restaurant, Público, in University City, is also up for Best New Restaurant. Randolph also owns Randolfi's in University City and Half and Half in Clayton.

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Four St. Louis chefs and one restaurant have been named as James Beard Award semifinalists.

In case you're not familiar with the awards, they are described as "the highest honor for food and beverage professionals working in North America" on their website - or, as Time magazine put it, "the Oscars of the food world."

So, who are the noted locals? Here's the list, in alphabetical order:

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St. Louis foodies, this one's for you.

Four local culinary names have been designated James Beard Award semifinalists, the St. Louis Business Journal reports.

For those of you unfamiliar with the James Beard Award, the Journal says Time magazine called it the "Oscars of the food world."