Last week, the James Beard Foundation released its list of the nationwide semifinalists who have been nominated for a 2017 James Beard Award. Kansas City and Lawrence combined scored a total of five nominations – four of them for national awards, in which local chefs and bartenders will go up against others from across the nation, as well as one regional nomination for best chef in the Midwest region. So, how does it feel to wake up as a James Beard semifinalist? We asked Kansas City's nominees to reflect on their nominations.