LISA HANAWALT has mastered her own special recipe for blending winking illustration and witty text.

So perhaps it’s only fitting that she’s just been named for a finalist for her great illustrated article titled “The Secret Lives of Chefs.”

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The James Beard Foundation announced the final nominees Monday for its 2013 Book, Broadcast and Journalism awards (as well as its Chef and Restaurant finalists). The Brooklyn-based Hanawalt is nominated in the Humor category for the “Chefs” piece she created for Lucky Peach, who features

“I was super-surprised — I never realized that the Beard Awards had a category for ‘Journalism/Humor,’ and I’m just thrilled to be nominated alongside some of the chefs I illustrated,” Hanawalt, an Ignatz Award winner who will appear at this year’s Small Press Expo, tells Comic Riffs.

“Now I’m trying to figure out how to get a Tony award via comics. ... ”

One chef she illustrated, David Chang of New York’s Momofuku Noodle Bar, is nominated for Outstanding Chef; and another, April Bloomfield of the Spotted Pig, is nominated for Best Chef NYC.

The media winners will be announced May 3; the chef/restaurant winners will be announced three days later.

(Also nominated: Washington Post contributor and chef/consultant Aliza Green, for her article “The gloves can come off, as far as I’m concerned.”)

Yet again, when it comes to illustrated journalism, true talent rises like a souffle.

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