James Beard Award finalists: Zahav, Ellen Yin, Landau, Cogswell

Bavette La Boucherie in Milwaukee’s Third Ward

Bavette La Boucherie in Milwaukee’s Third Ward

This is the seventh time she's made it to the finalist round.

Considered to be the Oscars of the culinary award, the awards recognize chefs, front of house professionals, restaurateurs, and media in a broad array of categories.

This was Randolph's third consecutive time as a "Best Chef: Midwest" semifinalist.

Upperline restaurant proprietor JoAnn Clevenger was nominated for outstanding restaurateur by the James Beard Awards. The category is open to chefs in Louisiana, Alabama, Arkansas, Mississippi, Florida and Puerto Rico.

Also, Joey Baldino of Zeppoli in Collingswood; Nicholas Elmi of Laurel on East Passyunk Avenue; Cristina Martinez and Ben Miller of El Compadre in South Philadelphia; and Ena Widjojo, Maylia Widjojo, and Diana Widjojo of Hardena in South Philadelphia were among semifinalists for best chef, Mid-Atlantic.

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Outstanding Chef: Kinch and Kostow will go up against Donald Link of Herbsaint in New Orleans, Gabrielle Hamilton of Prune in New York City and Ashley Christensen of Poole's Diner in Raleigh, North Carolina.

The pair earned a spot in Food & Wine's Best New Chefs list in 2017 and the boxcar fine dining eatery was named one of the 38 Essential Restaurants of Texas by Eater's Restaurant Editor, Bill Addison. Vedge marked six years in business last Fall.

Just two local chefs-Brown and Jorge Guzman at Surly Brewer's Table-made the final cut past year.

Kostow, of The Restaurant at Meadowwood, and chef-owner David Kinch, of Manresa in Los Gatos, both got the nod for Outstanding Chef. Take a look at the full list of finalists here.

The final awards will be given May 7 at the Lyric Opera of Chicago.

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