The 2017 New England James Beard Winners

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.

Best Chef: Northeast

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

Note: They’re getting ready to open a new restaurant in Boston at 1321 Boylston St. (the Fenway)


Who’s Who of Food and Drink in America

Roger Berkowitz, President and CEO, Legal Sea Foods, Boston, MA – WINNER

Michel Nischan, Multiple James Beard Award–Winning Chef; Founder, President, and CEO, Wholesome Wave
Bridgeport, CT – WINNER


The 2017 James Beard Foundation Book Awards

Dorie’s CookiesDorie Greenspan, (Rux Martin Books/Houghton Mifflin Harcourt) WINNER


The 2017 New England James Beard Semi-Finalists

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

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


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