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Justin Aprahamian made the semi-finals for the third year in a row in the cateogry of Best Chef: Midwest (PHOTO: Whitney Teska)

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Dave Swanson of Braise is also a semi-finalist for Best Chef: Midwest

Two Milwaukee chefs are James Beard semifinalists

The list of restaurant and chef semifinalists were announced today for the 2013 James Beard Foundation Awards, the nation's most prestigious recognition program honoring professionals in the North American food and beverage industries.

Semifinalists for this year's awards were chosen from 44,000 online nominations, and Wisconsin area restaurants and chefs were nominated in two categories including Best Chef in the Midwest and Outstanding Bar Program.

Justin Aprahamian, of Sanford, received the nomination for Best Chef in the Midwest for the third year in the row. He is joined by newcomer, Dave Swanson, of Braise Restaurant, as well as two Madison area chefs, John Gadau and Phillip Hurley,of Sardine.

Bryant's Cocktail Lounge in Milwaukee was nominated in the category of Outstanding Bar Program.

Other Wisconsin-based semi-finalists include Madison's Forequarter, run by the Underground Food Collective, which was included among Best New Restaurants; Elizabeth Dahl, of Nostrano, in Madison, who is among the nominees for Outstanding Pastry Chef; L'Etoile in Madison for Outstanding Wine Program; and Daniel Bonanno, of A Pig in a Fur Coat for Rising Star Chef of the Year.

Nominees for the 2013 JBF Awards will be announced on Monday, March 18 at the historic Lowndes Grove Plantation in Charleston, South Carolina, with winners announced at the annual gala on May 6 at Lincoln Center's Avery Fisher Hall in New York City.

For the complete list of semifinalists, visit


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