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Five St. Louis food names included as James Beard semifinalists

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Four St. Louis chefs and one restaurant have been named as James Beard Award semifinalists.

In case you're not familiar with the awards, they are described as "the highest honor for food and beverage professionals working in North America" on their website - or, as Time magazine put it, "the Oscars of the food world."

So, who are the noted locals? Here's the list, in alphabetical order:

Under the category of "Best Chef: Midwest"

Under the category of "Best New Restaurant"

Craft, Nashan and Willmann were also selected as semifinalists last year. Here's the full list of 2012 semifinalists in all categories.