Three local chefs have been named semifinalists in the 2013 James Beard Foundation Awards.
Colby Garrelts of Bluestem in Westport, Martin Heuser of Affare in the Crossroads Arts District, and Carl Thorne-Thomsen of Story in Prairie Village are all in the running for Best Chef: Midwest.
A restaurant in Manhattan, Kan., 4 Olives Wine Bar, is a semifinalist in the Outstanding Wine Program category.
Finalists for the James Beard Foundation Awards -- considered the Oscars of the restaurant industry -- will be revealed on March 18, and winners will be named in May, at a ceremony in New York.
This is the seventh nomination for Garrelts, who recently opened a second restaurant, Rye, in Leawood.
All nominations for Best Chef: Midwest
Justin Aprahamian, Sanford, Milwaukee
David Baruthio, Baru 66, Des Moines
Steven Brown, Tilia, Minneapolis
Clayton Chapman, The Grey Plume, Omaha
Gerard Craft, Niche, Clayton, Mo.
Doug Flicker, Piccolo, Minneapolis
John Gadau and Phillip Hurley, Sardine, Madison, Wisc.
Colby Garrelts, Bluestem, Kansas City
Michelle Gayer, Salty Tart, Minneapolis
Martin Heuser, Affäre, Kansas City
Tim McKee, La Belle Vie, Minneapolis
Kevin Nashan, Sidney Street Café, St. Louis
Jack Riebel, Butcher & the Boar, Minneapolis
Lenny Russo, Heartland Restaurant & Farm Direct Market, St. Paul, Minn.
Jon Seymour, V. Mertz, Omaha
David Swanson, Braise, Milwaukee
Carl Thorne-Thomsen, Story, Prairie Village
Sameh Wadi, Saffron Restaurant & Lounge, Minneapolis
Sean Wilson, Proof, Des Moines
James Winberg, Mike Brown, and Bob Gerken, Travail Kitchen and Amusements, Robbinsdale, Minn.
| Sarah Gish, The Star