Breaking: Gerard Craft, Josh Galliano James Beard Foundation Award Semifinalists

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The James Beard Foundation just released the semifinalists (link PDF) for its annual awards honoring the nation's best restaurants, chefs and other food and drink professionals. St. Louis scored two semifinalists in the "Best Chef - Midwest" category: Gerard Craft of Niche, Taste by Niche and Brasserie by Niche and Josh Galliano of Monarch. Craft and Galliano were semifinalists last year as well, and Craft was one of the five finalists.

The finalists will be announced next month, and the winners will be named at a New York City gala on Monday, May 3.

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