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Top chefs, restaurants nominated for food ‘Oscars’

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — The James Beard Foundation has named nominees for its coveted food, beverage and restaurant prizes.

Five contenders were named Monday in New Orleans for the top chef prize. They are Jose Andres of Minibar in Washington, D.C., Tom Colicchio of Craft in New York City, Gary Danko of Restaurant Gary Danko in San Francisco, Suzanne Goin of Lucques in Los Angeles and Charles Phan of The Slanted Door in San Francisco.

In the best restaurant category, the nominees are Babbo in New York City, Boulevard in San Francisco, Daniel in New York City, Highlands Bar & Grill in Birmingham, Ala., and Spiaggia in Chicago.

The winners will be announced on May 3 in New York City.