Affare's Martin Heuser and Story's Carl Thorne-Thomsen were also named semifinalists earlier this year, but Garrelts was the only Kansas City-area chef to be selected as a finalist. The awards ceremony is set for Monday, May 6, at Lincoln Center in New York City.
Another Kansas Citian is in the running to take home a medal. Former Pitch writer Ben Paynter received his second nomination for an award in the Food Politics, Policy and Environment category for his Bloomberg Businessweek story, The Carp Must Die. He won his first award last year for "Sweet Science," a piece in Fast Company about Truvia. The journalism, media and book awards are given out Friday, May 3.