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Published March 03, 2011, 10:56 AM

Local chef is a semi-finalist for a James Beard Award

Fargo, ND (WDAY TV) - When Tim Fisher came to Fargo years ago he had dreams of playing football for the Bison, but a car accident changed all that. Today, after years of cooking for some of the finest restaurants in the country, he is serving some of Fargo’s finest cuisine and now being recognized for it. Fisher is now a semi-finalist for a James Beard Award, the Oscar of the food world.

By: Kevin Wallevand, WDAY

The HoDo's Tim Fisher is prepping for today's noon lunch crowd. Fisher could be a chef anywhere. For years he worked in some of the top restaurants in the country, but he loves Fargo and downtown.

TIM FISCHER - HODO Executive Chef: “It is a great town to be a chef and everyone has been very supportive.”

Fisher has become well known among local growers and farmers because he buys fresh, and he buys from those who grow and raise product here.

“This is our 24 oz Porter House.”

From the Chickens and Pork at the Hutterites to the organic flour and veggies, and bison grown here at home.

“Everybody should care we use local. Using the local economy and not flying in things from around the world.”

To me it makes sense to have my carrots fresh dirt on them and the farmer comes in the back door not a big truck for thousands of miles, diesel. Now comes news that Fisher has been named a semi-finalist for a Beard Award, the Grammy or Oscar of chefs.

“Awesome. It is very nice for the HoDo and myself, and the work here and Fargo in general.”

Fisher is all about fresh and local. He even brings his kitchen staff out to local farms to see where the food comes from. Now that's putting a face to the food. The James Beard Foundation Awards gala will be held in New York in early May.