James Beard Semifinalists
Outstanding Chef semifinalist: Paul Kahan
Kahan serves dishes like spicy pork rinds at his Chicago restaurant, The Publican, but he was game to create a healthy alternative. His idea: a focaccia made with spelt flour, which is high in protein. He tops the focaccia with tangy marinated kale, sweet slices of winter squash and shavings of nutty pecorino cheese.