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The 2017 James Beard New England Semi-Finalists

The 2017 James Beard New England Semi-Finalists

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The 2017 New England James Beard Semi-Finalists

The James Beard Awards were established in 1990 and are considered by many to be the Oscars of the food world. Final Awards are announced in May and are determined by over 600 culinary professionals. This year there are an incredible number of New England Semi-Finalists. Be sure to check out their businesses by clicking on the links below. Nominees are highlighted in italics.

Best New Restaurant

Drifter’s Wife, Portland, ME

SRV, Boston, MA

Outstanding Baker

Alison Pray, Standard Baking Co., Portland, ME

Outstanding Bar Program

The Baldwin Bar, Woburn, MA

Outstanding Chef

Ana Sortun, Oleana, Cambridge, MA

Outstanding Pastry Chef

Maura Kilpatrick, Oleana, Cambridge, MA 

Ilma Lopez, Piccolo, Portland, ME

Outstanding Restaurant

Chase’s Daily, Belfast, ME

Fore Street, Portland, ME

Outstanding Restauranteur

Ken Oringer, Boston (Uni, Toro, Coppa, and others)

Outstanding Service

Eastern Standard Kitchen & Drinks, Boston

Outstanding Wine Program

O Ya, Boston

Outstanding Beer, Wine or Spirits Professional

Rob Tod, Allagash Brewing Company, Portland, ME

Chris Weld, Berkshire Mountain Distillers, Sheffield, MA

Rising Star of the Year

Irene Li, Mei Mei, Boston

Juan Pedrosa, Yvonne’s, Boston

Cara Stadler, Tao Yuan, Brunswick, ME

Best Chef: Northeast

Unmi Abkin, Coco & The Cellar Bar, Easthampton, MA

Karen Akunowicz, Myers + Chang, Boston 

Tyler Anderson, Millwright’s Restaurant, Simsbury, CT

Jeffrey Lizotte, Present Company, Simsbury, CT

Evan Mallett, Black Trumpet, Portsmouth, NH

Brian Hill, Francine, Camden, ME

Ravin Nakjaroen, Long Grain, Camden, ME

Marc Sheehan, Loyal Nine, Cambridge, MA

Tony Messina, Uni, Boston

Benjamin Sukle, Birch, Providence, RI

Matt Louis, Moxy Restaurant, Portsmouth, NH

Cassie Piuma, Sarma, Somerville, MA

Susan Regis, Shepard, Cambridge, MA

Keiko Suzuki Steinberger, Suzuki’s Sushi Bar, Rockland, ME

Derek Wagner, Nick’s on Broadway, Providence, RI

Mike Wiley and Andrew Taylor, Eventide Oyster Co., Portland, ME

Jordan Ware and Eric Warnstedt, Hen of the Wood, Burlington, VT

We have some great ideas sprouting up so watch this space for more delicious finds.

We have some great ideas sprouting up so watch this space for more delicious finds.