Local Chefs, Restaurants Up For Beard Awards

2009 James Beard Foundation Awards Nominees Announced

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Several Chicago chefs and restaurants are in the running for presitigous James Beard Foundation Awards.

The nominees were announced Monday at a private breakfast at JBF Award-winning chef Rick Bayless' Frontera Grill.

Some of the Chicago nominees in the major categories include:

The James Beard Foundation presents awards in 52 categories, including Restaurant and Chef, Book, Journalism, Design and Graphics, and Broadcast Media.

The winners will be announced at a ceremony at New York's Lincoln Center on May 4.

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