James Beard Foundation
just released the semifinalists
(link PDF) for its annual awards honoring the nation's best restaurants, chefs and other food and drink professionals. St. Louis scored two semifinalists in the "Best Chef - Midwest" category: Gerard Craft
, Taste by Niche
and Brasserie by Niche
and Josh Galliano
. Craft and Galliano were semifinalists last year as well, and Craft was one of the five finalists.
The finalists will be announced next month, and the winners will be named at a New York City gala on Monday, May 3.