Chefs Colby Garrelts, Ted Habiger named James Beard Award semifinalists

The semifinalists for the 2012 James Beard Awards were announced yesterday. Two Kansas City chefs are among the contenders for the Best Chef: Midwest. Bluestem’s Colby Garrelts and Room 39’s Ted Habiger are among the field of 20 regional chefs who are hoping to hear their name called at the awards dinner in New York City on May 7.

“I think somebody just likes me to come to New York and spend all my money,” Garrelts said. “But seriously, it’s satisfying and nice to be recognized, and I’m just hopeful that the fifth time is the charm.”

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