James Beard Foundation Announces Wisconsin Semifinalists

The James Beard Foundation has announced its 2022 Restaurant and Chef Awards semifinalists, including Wisconsin luminaries spanning the state. The semifinalists were announced in advance of the returning James Beard Awards presented by Capital One, with the James Beard Restaurant and Chef Awards ceremony taking place on June 13 at the Lyric Opera of Chicago.

Congrats to all of the Wisconsin-based semifinalists!

Outstanding Restaurateur:

Joe Muench, Black Shoe Hospitality, Milwaukee

Outstanding Chef:

Kyle Knall, Birch, Milwaukee

Outstanding Restaurant:

Odd Duck, Milwaukee

Outstanding Pastry Chef:

Nicolas Blouin, Destination Kohler, Kohler

Outstanding Hospitality Presented by American Airlines:

Sanford, Milwaukee

Outstanding Wine Program:

L’Etoile, Madison

Outstanding Bar Program:

Goodkind, Milwaukee

Best Chef: Midwest (IA, KS, MN, MO, NE, ND, SD, WI):

Dane Baldwin, The Diplomat, Milwaukee

Karen Bell, Bavette La Boucherie, Milwaukee

Daniel Bonanno, A Pig in a Fur Coat, Madison

Dan Jacobs and Dan Van Rite, EsterEv, Milwaukee

Mary Kastman, Driftless Cafe, Viroqua

Gregory León, Amilinda, Milwaukee

The full list of 2022 Restaurant and Chef Awards semifinalists can be found on the James Beard Foundation website.

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