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Chicago foodies compete as Beard Awards semifinalists

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Oscars, schmoscars. Today the James Beard Foundation announced its semifinalists (nominees) for its 2013 Beard Awards -- the Oscars of restaurateurs.

Chicago's fine fare has fared well, as is often the case.

Download the nationwide list here, but here are the Chicago semifinalist honorees. Finalists will be announced March 18.

Best new restaurant:
-- Balena
-- Grace
Outstanding bar:
-- The Aviary
-- The Violet Hour
Outstanding chef:
-- Paul Kahan at Blackbird
Outstanding pastry chef:
-- Patrick Fahy at Sixteen (Trump Hotel)
Outstanding restaurant:
-- Naha, Spiaggia
Outstanding restaurateur:
-- Donnie Madia, One Off Hospitality Group (Blackbird, avec, the Publican, etc.)
Outstanding service:
-- Topolobampo
Outstanding wine program:
-- Sepia
Rising star chef of the year:
-- Jimmy Bannos Jr. at the Purple Pig
-- Matthew Kirkley, L2O
-- David Posey, Blackbird
Best chef, Great Lakes:
-- Dave Beran, Next
-- Michael Carlson, Schwa
-- Paul Fehribach, Big Jones
-- Stephanie Izard, Girl & the Goat
-- Matthias Merges, Yusho
-- Chris Nugent, Goosefoot
-- Giuseppe Tentori, Boka
-- Paul Virant, Perennial Virant
-- Andrew Zimmerman, Sepia

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