Beard House Blues: One Colorado finalist

It was a rough year for Colorado chefs (and writers) in this year's James Beard awards.  The finalists were announced this morning -- and our white jackets just got spanked.

A handful of Coloradans had made the semi-finalists list. Frank Bonanno (above) got tapped for Best Restaurateur. Yasmin Lozada-Hissom from Duo got a bump for Best Pastry.  Alex Seidel from Fruition was named a semi-finalist in Best Chefs --Southwest, alongside Mark Fischer from Six89 in Carbondale, Ryan Hardy from Montagna at the Little Nell in Aspen and Kelly Liken from Vail. 

The only one who pulled out a nod in the finals, though?  Hardy. He stands as Colorado's sole representative in this year's chef awards. The winners will be announced in early May.

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