After nearly a month of hand-wringing, the folks at the James Beard Foundation have released their list of nominees for the 2012 James Beard Foundation Awards, otherwise known as the “Oscars” of the food world. Best wishes to all the nominees who work so hard to wow both diners and their peers every day of the year. Winners will be announced on May 7, 2012. Use the links below to determine your own set of winners. And, remember, you — Yes, you! — can dine at the James Beard House. Learn more, here!
Best New Restaurant
Fiola, Washington, D.C.
Best Chef: Midwest
Gerard Craft, Niche, St. Louis, Missouri
Colby Garrelts, Bluestem, Kansas City, Missouri
Tory Miller, L’Etoile, Madison, Wisconsin
Lenny Russo, Heartland Restaurant & Farm Direct Market, St. Paul, Minnesota