Jan 25, 2023 - Food and Drink

Cleveland chefs named James Beard semifinalists

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Restaurateur Brandon Chrostowski of Edwins and chefs Allie La Valle-Umansky, Jeremy Umansky and Kenny Scott of Larder Delicatessen & Bakery have been named semifinalists in the 2023 James Beard Awards, the top prizes in American cooking.

  • Chrostowski, a former Cleveland mayoral candidate, appears in the national Outstanding Restaurateur category for the second year in a row.
  • La Valle-Umansky, Umansky and Scott appear in the regional Best Chef category alongside other top chefs from Illinois, Indiana, Michigan and Ohio.

What's next: The full list of semifinalists will be whittled to nominees, who will be announced March 29. Winners will be celebrated in Chicago on June 5.

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