James Beard Foundation
today announced the semifinalists
(link PDF) for its restaurant and chef awards. Three St. Louis chefs made the cut in the "Best Chef: Midwest" category: Gerard Craft of Niche
, Josh Galliano of Monarch
and Kevin Nashan of Sidney Street Cafe
. In addition, Mike Odette of the excellent Sycamore
in Columbia, Mo., made the list. Five finalists in each category will be announced on March 23.