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KC area chefs, restaurant named semifinalists for James Beard Awards

Semifinalists for the 2016 James Beard Awards, the “Oscars of the food industry,” were announced this week, and the list included two local chefs and a local restaurant.

Patrick Ryan, chef at Port Fonda in Westport, is a semifinalist in the Best Chef: Midwest category. Ryan was a semifinalist in the same category in 2015.

Jonathan Justus of Justus Drugstore in Smithville was also named a semifinalist for Best Chef: Midwest.

Bluestem, owned by Megan and Colby Garrelts, is a semifinalist for Outstanding Restaurant. Colby Garrelts won the James Beard Award for Best Chef: Midwest in 2013, and Bluestem was a semifinalist in 2015 for Outstanding Restaurant.

You can read our restaurant review of Bluestem here.