It’s an exciting day for lots of TC chefs as the 2012 James Beard Award semifinalists have been announced. The “Best Chef: Midwest” category is brimming with local talent, including chefs from Piccolo, Heidi’s, Travail, Meritage, Tilia, and Heartland. Other notable nominees: the Bachelor Farmer for “Best New Restaurant,” Tim McKee of La Belle Vie for “Outstanding Chef,” and Sameh Wadi of Saffron for “Rising Star Chef of the Year,” among others. Get the full list here.