Colby Garrelts is a James Beard Award finalist

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Its been a big year for Colby (left) and Megan Garrelts.
  • It's been a big year for Colby (left) and Megan Garrelts.
Colby Garrelts has to be hoping that the magic happens the seventh time around. Garrelts, the chef and co-owner of Bluestem and Rye, was announced as a finalist this morning in the Best Chef: Midwest category for the James Beard Awards. He's up for the award (his seventh nomination) against chefs Justin Aprahamian, Gerard Craft, Michelle Gayer and Jack Riebel.

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.

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