Congratulations to two of my cooking heros, Gerard Craft, owner of Niche, Brasserie, and Taste (one of my favorite places for an after-work drink) and Josh Galliano from Monarch for being nominated for James Beard awards. They are both on the long list for "Best Chef Midwest".
Another chef with a Saint Louis connection is Frank Stitt from Birmingham, Alabama who was nominated for Outstanding Chef. Frank's brother David owns Veritas on Clarkson, which is a really cool place to grab a bite, a bottle, or just about anything you need in your kitchen.
Cheers guys! I hope one of you makes it to the final list!