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James Beard Foundation Awards 2015: Final nominees announced for annual awards

A handful of Indiana and Michigan brewers and restauranteurs that were selected as semifinalists at the James Beard Foundation Awards didn’t make the next cut for final nominations. 

Some other Great Lakes-area brewers and restauranteurs, however, will represent our area at the annual awards, otherwise known as the “Oscars of Food” on May 4 in Chicago

Each year since 1990, chefs, food writers, brewers and others in the culinary world are among the award nominees, celebrating and honoring leaders in the food industry, according to previous reporting from Flavor 574

This year, Mike, Nick and Simon Floyd of Three Floyds Brewing in Munster, Ind., were semifinalists for the “Outstanding Wine, Beer or Spirits Professional” award — a national category, according to the report.

Five final nominees were chosen for the “Outstanding Wine, Beer, or Spirits Professional” category, according to the list, but the Floyds did not make the cut.

Other Indiana and Michigan restauranteurs who made it to the semifinals in the “Best Chef: Great Lakes” category but did not advance to the final nominations were:  

The five chefs who were nominated in the Great Lakes region, according to the list from the James Beard Foundation

There’s no cash prize, but recipients are honored with a certificate and engraved medallion, according to the James Beard Foundation. Learn more about the nomination process on Flavor 574

The 25th awards ceremony is May 4 at the Lyric Opera of Chicago, 20 N. Upper Wacker Drive. Alton Brown is hosting. Tickets will be on sale starting Wednesday, April 1.

Follow digital producer Danielle Waldron on Twitter @DanielleWaldron

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