Three of St. Louis’ Finest are in the running for a James Beard nod…

The James Beard Foundation announced the semifinalists for its restaurant and chef awards. Three St. Louis chefs made the cut in the “Best Chef: Midwest” category: Gerard Craft of Niche, Josh Galliano of Monarch and Kevin Nashan of Sidney Street Cafe.

Five finalists will be announced on March 23rd….keep your fingers crossed.

Another St. Louisan take a Beard win

From Deb Peterson’s daily:

HAUTE CHEF REDUX: Patrick Connolly — son of Manchester Police Chief John Connolly — won the Best Chef of the Northeast award at the 2008 James Beard Foundation Awards on Sunday night in New York City. Patrick was one of five finalists competing for the prestigious award. He is the chef de cuisine at Radius in downtown Boston and is remembered locally for his prowess on the gridiron at St. Louis U. High.