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2012 James Beard Foundation Awards nominees have roots in the Chicago suburbs

The James Beard Foundation Awards announced their nominations on Monday, March 19, 2012.

The James Beard Foundation Awards announced their nominations on Monday, March 19, 2012.

The James Beard Foundation (http://jamesbeard.org), is a highly recognized and respected organization in anyone who's anyone, and aspiring to be someone, in the culinary world. Whether a food writer, cookbook author, real food advocate, critic, chef, restaurant manager, blogger and everything else in between,the James Beard Foundation award is equivalent to winning an Oscar and brings with it honor and prestige.

On Monday, March 19, 2012, the James Beard Foundation announced it's award nominees (http://www.jamesbeard.org/sites/default/files/static/additional/2012-jbf-nominees.pdf) with the winners to be announced on May 4, 2012. Chicago is without a doubt a city full of culinary talent, know-how and passion. Some of the nominees even have roots in the Chicago suburbs!

Here are the James Beard Foundation nominees with Chicagoland suburb roots:

Stephanie Izard: Best Chef for restaurant, Girl & The Goat. Stephanie was born in Evanston and grew up in Connecticut. She came back to Chicago in 2001 and has been here ever since. (http://www.stephanieizard.com/about)

Michael Carlson: Best Chef for restaurant, Schwa. Michael was raised in Glen Ellyn and Lombard and even briefly attended CHIC (Cooking & Hospitality Institute of Chicago) before he packed up for Europe to work and train. (http://schwarestaurant.com/#about)

Bruce Sherman: Best Chef for restaurant, North Pond. Bruce grew up in Glencoe and attended New Trier High School. He has traveled the country and world as a chef and is representing his restaurant as a nominee of a James Beard Foundation award. (http://www.northpondrestaurant.com/text/theChef.cfm)

Dave Beran: Rising Star Chef of the Year and Best New Restaurant for, Next. Dave graduated from Lake Forest College in 2003. (http://www.nextrestaurant.com)

Mindy Segal: Outstanding Pastry Chef for Mindy's Hot Chocolate. Mindy was born in Skokie, raised in Highland Park and moved to Chicago when she was nineteen. (http://hotchocolatechicago.com/)

Jerome McDonnell: Radio Show/Audio Webcast for "From Bread Lines to Revolution: The Role of Food in the Arab Uprisings" on WBEZ. Jerome currently lives in Arlington Heights. (http://www.wbez.org/staff/jerome-mcdonnell)

To read the full list of nominations, visit the James Beard Foundation website at http://www.jamesbeard.org/sites/default/files/static/additional/2012-jbf-nominees.pdf.

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