By Lori Fredrich Senior Writer Published Mar 27, 2019 at 10:08 AM

This morning, the James Beard Foundation announced the final nominees for its 2019 awards live from Houston.

For the first time in a number of years, no semi-finalists from Milwaukee or Wisconsin advanced to the short list of finalists who will be honored at the annual James Beard Awards ceremony and gala Monday, May 6.

In the category of Best Chef Midwest, the nominees were:

  • Michael Corvino of Corvino Supper Club & Tasting Room (Kansas City, Missouri)
  • Michael Gallina of Vicia (St. Louis) 
  • Ann Kim of Young Joni (Minneapolis)
  • Jamie Malone of Grand Café (Minneapolis)
  • Christina Nguyen of Hai Hai (Minneapolis)

The full list of nominees in all categories can be viewed online.

Semi-finalists from Milwaukee for the 2019 awards included Bryant's Cocktail Lounge for Outstanding Bar Program; Paul and Joe Bartolotta of The Bartolotta Restaurants for Outstanding Restaurateur; and Best Chef Midwest semifinalists Dane Baldwin of The Diplomat, Karen Bell of Bavette La Boucherie and Daniel Jacobs and Dan Van Rite for their work at EsterEv.

Get ready for the awards

Winners of the 2019 James Beard Media Awards will be announced on Friday, April 26 at an exclusive event honoring the nation's top cookbook authors, culinary broadcast producers and hosts, and food journalists at Pier 60 in New York City.

The highly anticipated James Beard Awards ceremony and gala, at which chef and restaurant winners are announced, will follow on Monday, May 6, at Lyric Opera of Chicago.

Lori Fredrich Senior Writer

Lori Fredrich (Lo) is an eater, writer, wonderer, bon vivante, traveler, cook, gardener and girlwonder. Born and raised in the Milwaukee area, she has tried to leave many times, but seems to be drawn to this quirky city that smells of beer and alewives.

Some might say that she is a little obsessed with food. Lo would say she is A LOT obsessed with food. After all, she has been cooking, eating and enjoying food for decades and has no plans to retire anytime soon. 

Lo's recipes and writing have been featured in a variety of publications including GO: Airtran Inflight Magazine, Cheese Connoisseur, Cooking Light, Edible Milwaukee, Milwaukee Magazine and the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, as well as on the blog Go Bold with Butter, the web site Wisconsin Cheese Talk, and in the quarterly online magazine Grate. Pair. Share.