Local Chefs, Restaurants Up For Beard Awards

2009 James Beard Foundation Awards Nominees Announced

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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