Here are the local nominees for the 2018 James Beard Awards

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After Underbelly chef-owner Chris Shepherd ended the city's 22-year long drought by winning the award in 2014, chefs Justin Yu (Oxheart, Theodore Rex) and Hugo Ortega followed in 2016 and 2017, respectively.

Three San Antonio chefs made the James Beard semifinalist list of 2018 Restaurant and Chef Award, announced February 15 - chefs Diego Galicia and Rico Torres of Restaurant Mixtli and McHugh. He has been nominated for the award four times in the past. Grupe, Luo and Shelton were first-time semifninalists in the category.

So much for a Houston three-peat in the James Beard Best Chef: Southwest category.

Post-Dispatch restaurant critic Ian Froeb is a member of the James Beard Awards restaurant and chefs awards committee.

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In addition to the "Best Chef: Midwest" shutout, neither St. Louis restaurant that was a semifinalist in a national category - Vicia for "Best New Restaurant" and Tony's for "Outstanding Service" - made the final cut.

Stephen Starr, who owns Parc, won previous year as best restaurateur. It is the third straight year Miles has been a James Beard finalist. Gerard Craft of Niche won "Best Chef: Midwest" in 2015, and Kevin Nashan of Sidney Street Cafe took the same award a year ago. Virginia's Foggy Ridge Cider is in the running for Outstanding Wine, Spirits, or Beer Professional. Ella Brennan, Martin's mother and Brennan's aunt, received the same honor in 1984 and received the James Beard Lifetime Achievement Award in 2009. Finalists were announced Wednesday.

Media winners will be announced at an awards ceremony in New York City on April 27, and the restaurant winners will be announced in Chicago on May 7.

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