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Alinea, Mantuano, Nahabedian, Boka Highlight Chicago's James Beard Awards Semifinalists

Chicago has 27 nominees across 12 categories.

James Beard Foundation Awards

'Tis the season for James Beard Awards announcements, and today brings the revealing of the semifinalists for the 2016 edition of the preeminent restaurant and chef awards in the country. Chicago is well-represented, as the Windy City boasts 27 semifinalists across 12 categories, led by Alinea, Tony Mantuano, Carrie Nahabedian, The Blanchard and Intro.

Read the full list of Chicago nominees below, and head over to Eater National for the long list of nominees around the country. The foundation will announce the finalists on March 15, and winners will be announced on May 2 at the Lyric Opera House in our fair city for the second year in a row.

Outstanding Restaurant:

Alinea

Outstanding Chef:

Tony Mantuano, Spiaggia

Carrie Nahabedian, Naha

Best New Restaurant:

The Blanchard

Intro

Rising Star Chef of the Year:

Tanya Baker, The Boarding House

Edward Sura, Perennial Virant

Jenner Tomaska, Next Restaurant

Outstanding Restaurateur:

Kevin Boehm and Rob Katz, Boka Restaurant Group

Outstanding Bar Program:

Lost Lake

Outstanding Pastry Chef:

Meg Galus, Boka

Outstanding Wine Program:

Sepia

Outstanding Service:

North Pond

Topolobampo

Outstanding Wine, Spirits or Beer Professional:

Charles Joly, Crafthouse Cocktails

Outstanding Baker:

Dave and Megan Miller, Baker Miller Bakery & Millhouse

Best Chef: Great Lakes:

Jake Bickelhaupt, 42 grams

Abraham Conlon, Fat Rice

Curtis Duffy, Grace

Paul Fehribach, Big Jones

Phillip Foss, EL Ideas

Beverly Kim and Johnny Clark, Parachute

Ryan McCaskey, Acadia

Iliana Regan, Elizabeth Restaurant

Lee Wolen, Boka

Erling Wu-Bower, Nico Osteria

Andrew Zimmerman, Sepia

Next Restaurant

953 W Fulton Market, Chicago, IL 60607 312 226 0858 Visit Website

Intro Chicago

2300 N. Lincoln Park West, Chicago, IL 60614 (773) 868-0002

Nico Osteria

1015 North Rush Street, , IL 60611 (312) 994-7100 Visit Website

Parachute

3472 North Elston Avenue, , IL 60618 (872) 204-7138 Visit Website

Big Jones

5347 North Clark Street, , IL 60640 (773) 275-5725 Visit Website

Perennial Virant

1800 North Lincoln Avenue, Chicago, IL 60614 312 981 7070 Visit Website

The Blanchard

1935 North Lincoln Park West, , IL 60614 (872) 829-3971 Visit Website

Grace

652 W. Randolph Street, Chicago, IL 60661 (817) 877-3388

Acadia

1639 South Wabash Avenue, , IL 60616 (312) 360-9500 Visit Website

Alinea

1723 North Halsted Street, , IL 60614 Visit Website

Lyric Opera

20 N Wacker Drive, Chicago, IL 60606 312 332 2244 Visit Website

Spiaggia

980 North Michigan Avenue, , IL 60611 (312) 280-2750 Visit Website

Fat Rice

2957 West Diversey Avenue, , IL 60647 (773) 661-9170 Visit Website

North Pond

2610 North Cannon Drive, , IL 60614 (773) 477-5845 Visit Website

Sepia

123 North Jefferson Street, , IL 60661 (312) 441-1920 Visit Website

Boka

1729 North Halsted Street, , IL 60614 (312) 337-6070 Visit Website

The Boarding House

720 North Wells Street, , IL 60654 (312) 280-0720 Visit Website

42 grams

4662 N Broadway St, Chicago, IL 60640 Visit Website

Topolobampo

445 N Clark St, Chicago, IL 60654 312-661-1434

EL ideas

2419 West 14th Street, , IL 60608 (312) 226-8144 Visit Website

Lost Lake

3154 West Diversey Avenue, , IL 60647 (773) 293-6048 Visit Website

NAHA

500 North Clark Street, , IL 60654 (312) 321-6242 Visit Website

Elizabeth Restaurant

4835 N Western Ave, , IL 60625 (773) 681-0651 Visit Website

Baker Miller

4655 North Lincoln Avenue, , IL 60625 (773) 654-3610 Visit Website

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