Props to the tireless Slow Food Columbus organization for igniting a "Columbus, Represent!" campaign for the 2010 James Beard Award Nominations. If you're unfamiliar with the JB awards, they're like the Oscars of cooking, only unlike the Academy Awards, you can have your voice be heard and your vote counted.

Nominations are currently open through December 31, and there is a simple registration process required to vote (you need not be a Slow Food or James Beard Foundation member). In an effort to both promote Columbus and consolidate support behind some very worthy locals, SFC has created a short list of potential nominees -- so check them out and stand up for Columbus, people!