Never mind that the James Beard people have that flyover mentality that you recognize when someone confuses Minnesota with Michigan or spells Minnepolis "Miniapolis." (Both examples have actually happened to this writer....with college grads who otherwise may have passed for intellectual elite.)
So.....just don't pay attention to lack-logic categories in which Minnesota and Wisconsin are not considered part of the "Great Lakes" states but are lumped with Nebraska and Kansas.
Amid this geo-cultural ignorance there still must be culinary brilliance. Right? Maybe? Here's what happened earlier this month: A ROADHOUSE on the outskirts of Ann Arbor got the prize for Best Chef: Great Lakes. And Minneapolis's 112 Eatery--which is noisy, casual and, yes, has good food, but is nothing to dream about--received Best Chef award for the Midwest.