This evening, the James Beard Foundation
will unveil the winners of its prestigious awards for restaurants and chefs. For the second consecutive year, Gerard Craft
, owner and executive chef of Niche
and its offshoots Taste by Niche
and Brasserie by Niche
, is a finalist in the "Best Chef: Midwest" category.
Craft's fellow nominees are Isaac Becker
of 112 Eatery
in Minneapolis, Colby Garrelts
in Kansas City, Alexander Roberts
of Restaurant Alma
in Minneapolis and Lenny Russo
in St. Paul.
The field returns four finalists from last year's awards, won by Tim McKee
of La Belle Vie
in Minneapolis, and Russo.
The award ceremony gets underway at 5 p.m. CDT. Gut Check had a ticket to the ceremony but chose to buy a house instead of airfare to New York, so we'll be following the results on Twitter and posting the winner as soon as it's announced.
Last night, the James Beard Foundation announced the winners of its media and cookbook awards
. Winning for his restaurant reviews was the incomparable Jonathan Gold
of our sister paper L.A. Weekly