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James Beard Award Finalists, Nation's Top Foodies, Whittled Down

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Executive Chef Bryan Hunt of Fowler & Wells prepares Stracciatella with Corn, Truffle Vinaigrette & Tarrgon at the kick-off event for the James Beard Foundation’s Taste America 10-city national tour, held Wednesday, Aug. 3, 2016, at the James Beard House in New York City. (Charles Sykes/Invision for James Beard Foundation/AP Images)

By    |   Wednesday, 15 Mar 2017 06:10 PM

The James Beard Foundation announced Wednesday its short list of five to eight finalists for each category of the awards for best restaurants, chefs and bakers, and cooking-related media (books, journalism, and broadcast media).

The foundation announced in February its longer list of semi-finalist nominees for restaurants and chefs, which included hundreds of names, and has narrowed it down to the top contenders for awards to be announced at a gala May 1 at Chicago’s Lyric Opera. Media awards will be announced April 25 in New York City.

The James Beard Foundation was established in 1986 after the death of James Beard, a cookbook author and teacher who educated and mentored numerous professional chefs and food enthusiasts. Friends raised money to buy Beard’s house because he had used it while alive to host many chefs, authors, and food professionals, according to the foundation website.

The foundation’s current mission is to “celebrate, nurture, and honor chefs and other leaders making America’s food culture more delicious, diverse, and sustainable for everyone.” 

In addition to the awards, the foundation offers educational initiatives, scholarships, publications, and thought-leader conventions.

Twitter was full of shout-outs to the James Beard award finalists.

To see all the nominees, visit the James Beard Foundation website.

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