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Congrats to KC’s Three James Beard Award Nominees

Chefs from The Rieger, Room 39 and The American Honored

Howard Hanna, chef/owner of The Rieger Hotel Grill & Exchange. Photo: theriegerkc.com

It’s hardly news to us that Howard Hanna, chef/owner of The Rieger Hotel Grill & Exchange, Ted Habiger, chef/owner of Room 39, and Nick Wesemann, pastry chef at The American, are amazing chefs. But that doesn’t stop us from being excited to hear that some of our favorites have been honored with recognition from the James Beard Foundation.

Hanna and Habiger both have been nominated for Best Chef (Midwest category) and Wesemann is one of only 20 semifinalists across the entire United States in the Outstanding Pastry Chef category. The James Beard Foundation Awards, which are considered the highest honors in the industry, will be presented on March 18 in New York City.