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Congratulations, Chicago James Beard contenders

James Beard Award

Congratulations to the Chicago semi-finalists in this year’s James Beard Awards. Final nominees will be announced March 19, and the 2012 James Beard Foundation Awards ceremony takes place May 7. Chef Charlie Trotter of the soon-to-close Charlie Trotter’s in Lincoln Park will be recipient of the 2012 Humanitarian of the Year Award.

Best New Restaurant

Outstanding Bar Program

Outstanding Chef

  • Paul Kahan, Blackbird, West Loop.
  • Tony Mantuano, Spiaggia, Magnificent Mile.
  • Carrie Nahabedian, Naha, River North.

Outstanding Pastry Chef

Outstanding Restaurant

  • Tru, Streeterville.

Outstanding Restaurateur

Outstanding Service

Outstanding Wine Program

Rising Star Chef of the Year

  • Dave Beran, Next, West Loop.
  • Matthew Kirkley, L2O, Lincoln Park.
  • David Posey, Blackbird, West Loop.

Best Chef: Great Lakes