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It's kind of like the Oscars for food.
Several Chicago chefs and restaurants are in the running for a prestigious James Beard Award this year.
The nominations were announced by the James Beard Foundation on Monday.
Mindy Segal of Mindy's Hot Chocolate was nominated in the Outstanding Pastry Chef category and Dave Beran of Next is in the mix for Rising Star Chef of the Year.
Several local chefs received nods in the Best Chef: Great Lakes category, which encompasses Illinois, Indiana, Michigan and Ohio, including Michael Carlson (Schwa), Stephanie Izard (Girl & the Goat), Bruce Sherman (North Pond) and Andrew Zimmerman (Sepia).
Chicago chef Charlie Trotter will receive the 2012 James Beard Foundation Humanitarian of the Year award.
The awards ceremony will be held May 7th in New York.
Click here for the full list of nominees.