Not surprisingly our town is all over this year's list of Beard Award nominations: L20 is up for best new restaurant, the Alinea Book is up for one of the cookbook categories, Mindy Segal is in the running for outstanding pastry chef, Spiaggia for service, Bin 36 for wine service, Rich Melman for best restaurateur.
In addition to Paul Kahan's nomination for outstanding chef, The Publican is up for both best restaurant design and graphics. Arun Sampanthavivat, Koren Grieveson, and Bruce Sherman are in a three-way race for best chef in the Great Lakes region. Perennial winner Steve Dolinksy is up for TV food segment, as usual, and the Trib has three nominations--best newspaper food section and two for the formidable Monica Eng (who shares one with Phil Vettel).
Here's the full list of nominees. Congratulations to all.