A new Minneapolis restaurant, Butcher & the Boar, has been named a semifinalist in the the James Beard Awards as Best New Restaurant in the country.
A record 17 Minnesota restaurants and chefs have been named semifinalists for the awards, the pre-eminent competition that recognizes the culinary arts. That total is one better than last year's previous record of 16 semifinalists.
Butcher & the Boar in Minneapolis is named in the Best New Restaurant category, and its chef Jack Riebel is nominated in the Best Chef, Midwest category.
Tim McKee of La Belle Vie in Minneapolis is one of the semifinalists for Outstanding Chef nationwide, as well as Best Chef in the Midwest.
Lucia's Restaurant in Minneapolis is nominated in the Outstanding Restaurant category.
Here is the complete list of Minnesota nominees:
Best New Restaurant:
Butcher & the Boar, Minneapolis
Outstanding Bar Program:
Marvel Bar, Minneapolis
Tim McKee, La Belle Vie, Minneapolis
Outstanding Pastry Chef:
Steve Horton, Rustica Bakery, Minneapolis
Lucia's Restaurant, Minneapolis
Sapor Cafe and Bar, Minneapolis
Outstanding Wine, Spirits or Beer Professional:
Eric Seed, Haus Alpenz, Edina
Rising Star Chef of the Year:
Jamie Malone, Sea Change, Minneapolis
Best Chef, Midwest:
• Steven Brown, Tilia, Minneapolis
•Doug Flicker, Piccolo, Minneapolis
•Michelle Gayer, Salty Tart, Minneapolis
•Tim McKee, La Belle Vie, Minneapolis
•Jack Riebel, Butcher & the Boar, Minneapolis
•Lenny Russo, Heartland Restaurant and Farm Direct Market, St. Paul
•Sameh Wadi, Saffron Restaurant and Lounge, Minneapolis
•James Winberg, Mike Brown and Bob Gerken, Travail Kitchen and Amusements, Robbinsdale
You can see the entire list of semifinalists here.
The award nominees will be named on March 18, and the winners will be announced in early May.