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2 Minnesota chefs up for James Beard awards

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Steven Brown, of Tilia, tastes wine for the restaurant with wine consultant Angie Heitz, left, and Rinata restaurant manager Erin McIntosh, right, Oct. 28, 2014, at the Linden Hills restaurant in Minneapolis.
Jennifer Simonson | MPR News 2014

Two Minnesota chefs remain in the running for the James Beard Awards, aka the "Oscars of the food world." 

Steven Brown of Tilia and Jorge Guzman of Brewer's Table at Surly Brewing Co., both of Minneapolis, were named Best Chef: Midwest finalists Wednesday. 

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

Jorge Guzman
Executive chef Jorge Guzman, at Surly Brewing Co. in Minneapolis.
Tom Crann | MPR News file

Last year, Paul Berglund of Minneapolis' Bachelor Farmer took home the prize for best chef in the Midwest. 

The James Beard Foundation also hands out awards for culinary book, broadcast and journalism categories. Last year, two Minnesotans won there: chef and author Raghavan Iyer in the video webcast, fixed location and/or instructional category for "Indian Curries: The Basics & Beyond," and filmmaker Jesse Roesler for his documentary, "The Starfish Throwers." 

Francis Lam will be the new host of The Splendid Table.
Award-winning New York Times Magazine columnist and Top Chef Masters judge Francis Lam is the new host of The Splendid Table.
Courtesy The Splendid Table

Among the broadcast media nominees are Andrew Zimmern for outstanding personality/host and for video webcast, fixed location and/or instructional. 

In the journalism categories, new Splendid Table host Francis Lam scored nominations in the column, food culture, humor and distinguished writing categories. He'll be up against Dara Moskowitz Grumdahl of Mpls.St.Paul Magazine in the column category. 

Winners in the media awards will be revealed April 25; food awards will be announced May 1.