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2 Minnesotans win James Beard broadcast awards

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"The Starfish Throwers"
Filmmaker Jesse Roesler won a James Beard award for his documentary "The Starfish Throwers."
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Two Minnesotans took home James Beard awards in broadcast categories on Tuesday.

Chef and author Raghavan Iyer won in the Video Webcast, Fixed Location and/or Instructional category for "Indian Curries: The Basics & Beyond."

Meanwhile, filmmaker Jesse Roesler was recognized for his documentary "The Starfish Throwers,"  which explores how a five-star chef, a 12-year-old girl and a retired schoolteacher discover how their individual efforts to feed the poor start a movement in the fight against hunger. 

The locally made film features Minneapolis resident Allan Law, who hands out sandwiches nightly to the homeless. 

"The Starfish Throwers" was also part of the lineup at the 2014 Minneapolis St. Paul International Film Festival, taking home awards for Audience Choice: Best Feature Documentary and Best Minnesota-Made Feature Documentary.

The James Beard Awards are among the most prestigious in the food world. They recognize the best in food — from restaurants to cookbooks to writing and programming — across North America.

Awards in the restaurant and chef categories will be announced Monday. Two Minnesotans made the final cut in the Best Chef: Midwest category — Paul Berglund of The Bachelor Farmer in Minneapolis and Lenny Russo of Heartland Restaurant & Farm Direct Market in St. Paul.