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5 Twin Cities chefs in the running for James Beard awards

Among the Minnesota-based semifinalists, four were selected for the Best Chef- Midwest category.

MINNEAPOLIS — Editor's note: The video above first aired on April 28, 2022.

The semifinalists for the 2023 James Beard awards were announced Wednesday, and among them are five Twin Cities-based chefs.  

Of those selected Minnesota-based semifinalists, four were nominated under the Best Chef-Midwest category: 

  • Karyn Tomlinson - Myriel, Saint Paul
  • Yia Vang - Union Hmong Kitchen, Minneapolis
  • Christina Nguyen - Hai Hai, Minneapolis
  • Ann Ahmed - Khâluna, Minneapolis

In the Outstanding Pastry Chef or Baker category, Shawn McKenzie of Café Cerés in Minneapolis was chosen as a semifinalist. 

The short list of nominees will be announced on March 29. Winners will be recognized at the James Beard Restaurant and Chef Awards Ceremony on June 5. 

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