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Dinette's Sonja Finn announced as rising star chef James Beard Award semifinalist

Sonja Finn, chef and owner of East Liberty's Dinette, is in the running for a James Beard Award, a top national culinary honor.

Finn has been announced as a semifinalist in the "rising star chef" category, against the likes of Kevin Gillespie, a runner-up from season six of Bravo's Top Chef.

Dinette focuses on local, seasonal and organic pizza and wine, and is located at 5996 Penn Circle South.

The James Beard Foundation's Restaurant and Chef Committee selected the nominees from 21,000 online entries. An independent volunteer panel of more than 400 judges from across the country will vote on specific award categories to determine the final five nominees in each category. Those nominees will be announced on March 22, following which the same panel of judges will pick the winners, announced at the foundation's annual gala on Monday, May 3, 2010 at Lincoln Center's Avery Fisher Hall.

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