Category Archives: James Beard Foundation

JBF awards and semi-finalists announced

NEW YORK – The James Beard Foundation announces Restaurant and Chef Award semi-finalists for its 28th annual awards program. Final nominees will be announced March 14 at Parc hosted by Stephen Starr, award-winning chef in Philadelphia at 9:30 a.m. EST. The annual Award Gala is scheduled for May 7 in Chicago.

Nominated for Best Chef Northeast are:

Best Chef: Northeast

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

Karen Akunowicz, Myers + Chang, Boston

Tyler Anderson, Millwright’s, Simsbury, CT

Cara Chigazola-Tobin, Honey Road, Burlington, VT

Krista Kern Desjarlais, The Purple House, North Yarmouth, ME

Vien Dobui, Cong Tu Bot, Portland, ME

Tiffani Faison, Tiger Mama, Boston

Erin French, The Lost Kitchen, Freedom, ME

Victor Parra Gonzalez, Las Puertas, Buffalo, NY

Seizi Imura, Cafe Sushi, Cambridge, MA

Brian Lewis, The Cottage, Westport, CT

Matt Louis, Moxy, Portsmouth, NH

Tony Messina, Uni, Boston

Ravin Nakjaroen, Long Grain, Camden, ME

Cassie Piuma, Sarma, Somerville, MA

Elizabeth Ronzetti and Adam Kopels, 18 Bay Restaurant, Shelter Island, NY

Champe Speidel, Persimmon, Providence

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

Nick Suarez, Gaskins, Germantown, NY

Benjamin Sukle, Oberlin, Providence

Rising Star Chef award nominees from Boston were Irene Li of Mei Mei and Juan Pedrosa, Yvonne’s.

 

 

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Beard Foundation Taste America® heads to Boston

BOSTON – The James Beard Foundation’s Fourth Annual Taste America® national culinary tour heads here Oct. 28 at The Langham, Boston with an exclusive dining event benefitting the Foundation.

It starts with a walk-around tasting reception complete with cocktails and hors d’oeuvres from local chefs and follows with a four-course dinner crafted by ALL-STAR Chef John Besh and Local Star Ana Sortun who together, will create the menu.

Local chefs participating in A Night of Culinary Stars include Chef Michael Scelfo, Chef Karen Akunowicz and Chef Jeremy Sewall. Please visit jbftastemericaa.org for more details.