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Yesterday the James Beard Foundation announced the finalists for its annual awards, and Chicago did A-OK chef-wise and journo-wise. In the You Could See It Coming a Mile Away categories Dave Beran is up for Rising Star Chef of the Year and Next is in the running for Best New Restaurant.

More finalists after the jump.

The Aviary and the Violet Hour compete in the new Outstanding Bar Program category.

Paul Kahan is up for Outstanding Chef.

The perennially nominated Mindy Segal of Hot Chocolate is up again for Outstanding Pastry Chef.

It's Spiaggia vs. Topolobampo for Outstanding Service.

And in the regional Best Chef, Great Lakes category it's Michael Carlson of Schwa vs. Stephanie Izard of Girl & the Goat vs. North Pond's Bruce Sherman vs. Sepia's Andrew Zimmerman.

In the journalism awards, Michael Gebert of Sky Full of Bacon (and Grub Street Chicago and Key Ingredient) is up for his documentary on the history of Chicago barbecue.

The Trib's Kevin Pang picked up his second nomination for food columns, and Steve Dolinsky nabbed his 933rd nomination for his ABC Hungry Hound segments.

Former Sun-Times food editor Janet Rausa Fuller got the nod in Health & Well-Being category for a story about cooking with chef John Bubala.

WBEZ is up twice in the Audio Webcast category with Jerome McDonnell’s “From Bread Lines to Revolution: The Role of Food in the Arab Uprisings” and Nina Barrett’s “Fear of Frying: Culinary Nightmares” series.

The journalism awards will be announced on May 4 and the chef awards on May 7 in New York City. Congratulations and best of luck to the nominees.

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