Gerard Craft, Kevin Nashan James Beard Award Foundation Finalists

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Gerard Craft at Niche. | Jennifer Silverberg

The finalists for the James Beard Foundation Awards were announced this morning in Chicago. St. Louis had a number of chefs (and a restaurant) in the semifinals, and so far we're not completely empty-handed. Gerard Craft of Niche and Kevin Nashan of Sidney Street Cafe are finalists for Best Chef: Midwest.

See also: Lewis, Nashan, Galliano Among 2014 James Beard Foundation Award Semifinalists

Craft was a finalist last year, and Nashan was a semifinalist, but this is the first time two St. Louis chefs have been up for the award. Other local seminfinalists for Best Chef: Midwest were Josh Galliano of The Libertine, Ben Poremba of Elaia and Kevin Willmann of Farmhaus.

Unfortunately, Rick Lewis of Quincy Street Bistro did not make the finals for Rising Star Chef and Taste wasn't included for Best Bar Program.

The awards ceremony for chefs is May 5 in New York City. We'll be livetweeting, of course! Check out the full list of nominees here.

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Irene Brooks
Irene Brooks

Ian Froeb is on the board this year, fyi everyone.

Stephan Zettl
Stephan Zettl

So sad that that douchebag GC is a finalist. Probably the worst thing to happen for Saint Louis! So many other qualified chefs out there that don't have the trust fund that are more deserving! What a waste.

Frank Corona
Frank Corona

Now, I'm not trying to detract anything from this guys accomplishments, but that's not much of a beard. Just saying.

jeff.lehman
jeff.lehman

Unfortunately Rick Lewis did not make the finalist, and it was Taste (by Niche) that also did not make the finalist list for the Beverage program, not Table. Still its nice to have two of our Chefs make the finalist list. 

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