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Menus and McMahon: Locals are semifinalists for 'The James Beard Awards'

Every year the James Beard Foundation hands out its awards for exceptional work in the restaurant industry. Ranging from chefs and restaurateurs to food journalists and cookbook authors, the 'Beard Awards' are the highest honor awarded to professionals.

Here on Menus and McMahon, I like to take notice of restaurants in Phoenix that have impressed me, and I'm happy to say a few of my favorites have made the list of semi-finalists.

A few on the list are to be expected, like ‘Pizzeria Bianco' and restaurant owner Sam Fox.

Watch the video to see the other local restaurants and chefs nominated or find a list of all the semifinalists here.

The finalists will be announced March 18th, with the awards being given on May 2 and May 5.

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He's done it all -- and keeps doing it. His career in local Arizona radio and television dates back the late 60s. Pat always stimulates with his thought provoking, opinionated, and entertaining commentaries on the Arizona Morning News while hosting award-winning talk-shows like "The McMahon Group" and "The God Show."

"The Mc Mahon Group" features a very unpredictable all-star panel where 3 people from the community get together and give there thoughts on the news of the week. He also hosts "The God Show" on Sunday's which talks about all aspects of spirituality.

Pat is also well known outside of radio because of his multi-faceted career as an actor, producer, recording artist, writer, broadcaster, and one-third of the legendary comedy team that was on TV for 35 years in Arizona, "The Wallace and Ladmo Show."

Through the many experiences of his professional life, Pat has been richly rewarded with 7 Emmys, major national and international radio awards as well as numerous civic, educational, religious and humanitarian awards. Pat was also a recipient of an Honorary Doctorate from Ottawa University, the Arizona Broadcasters Lifetime achievement Award, and has his bronze likeness hanging in the rotunda of the Herberger Theater in recognition of his contributions to Communications & The Arts.

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