These are 2018's James Beard Award finalists from the Twin Cities

Baltimore chef Cindy Wolf is again a James Beard Award finalist

In recent years, Houston has had a great showing in the James Beard Awards' Best Chef in the Southwest category. Chefs Chris Kajioka of Senia and Ed Kenney of Town, Mud Hen Water, Kaimuki Superette and Mahina & Sun's, were semifinalists in the category of best chef in the western region, which also includes California and Nevada.

From left to right: Mitchell Davis, James Beard Foundation; Ritch Landau, Vedge (nominee Best Chef: Mid-Atlantic); Camille Cogswell, pastry chef Zahav (nominee Rising Star Chef of the Year); Clare Reichenbach, James Beard Foundation; Okan Yazici, General Manager Zahav (nominee Best Service); Michael Solomomov, chef/owner Zahav; Ellen Yin, High Street Hospitality (nominee Best Restaurateur).

Compton, who on Thursday will open her second restaurant called Bywater American Bistro, was a nominee a year ago for this award.

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Wolf has been named a semifinalist for the award 11 times.

Bacchanal is a finalist for Outstanding Wine Program and Cure is a finalist for Outstanding Bar Program. Winners will be revealed on May 7; media winners will be announced April 27.

Check back for the full list of local finalists. They won Best Chef Northeast in 1993. New Orleans typically dominates this category.

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The James Beard Foundation has recognized Hamilton's New American fare, Robbins' housemade pastas, Williams' small French plates and Cohen's vegetable-centric dishes as noteworthy contenders in years past. Brett Anderson is up for the investigative reporting award for his story on sexual harassment allegations at John Besh's restaurant company.

Outstanding Baker: Perennial nominees Belinda Leong and Michel Suas of B. Patisserie in San Francisco are again finalists for this award. She previously worked at DNAinfo and POLITICO New York.

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