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Numerous Massachusetts Restaurants Named James Beard Award Semifinalists



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    Semifinalists for the 2018 James Beard Awards have been announced and numerous Massachusetts restaurants made the cut.

    The annual awards are presented for excellence in cuisine, culinary writing and culinary education in the United States.

    The 2018 Bay State nominees include:

    Best New Restaurant

    Les Sablons, Cambridge

    Outstanding Baker

    Maura Kilpatrick, Sofra Bakery and Café, Cambridge

    Outstanding Bar Program

    The Baldwin Bar, Woburn

    Outstanding Chef

    Joanne Chang, Flour Bakery + Cafe, Boston

    Outstanding Pastry Chef

    Renae Connolly, Benedetto, Cambridge

    Outstanding Restaurant

    O Ya, Boston

    Outstanding Restaurateur

    Garrett Harker, Eastern Standard Kitchen & Drinks, Island Creek Oyster Bar, Row 34, Ken Oringer, Uni, Little Donkey, Toro, and others, Boston

    Outstanding Service

    Eastern Standard Kitchen & Drinks, Boston

    Outstanding Wine, Beer, or Spirits Professional

    JC Tetreault and Esther Tetreault, Trillium Brewing Company, Boston

    Outstanding Wine Program

    Grill 23 & Bar, Boston

    Taberna de Haro, Brookline

    Rising Star Chef of the Year

    Irene Li, Mei Mei, Boston

    Juan Pedrosa, Yvonne’s, Boston

    Best Chef — Northeast

    Unmi Abkin, Coco & The Cellar Bar, Easthampton

    Karen Akunowicz, Myers + Chang, Boston

    Tiffani Faison, Tiger Mama, Boston

    Seizi Imura, Cafe Sushi, Cambridge

    Tony Messina, Uni, Boston

    Cassie Piuma, Sarma, Somerville

    The full list of semifinalists in New England and nationwide can be found on the foundation's website.

    The James Beard Foundation will announce the final nominees for all Award categories on March 14. The Awards Gala will be held at the Lyric Opera of Chicago on May 7.

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