Numerous Massachusetts Restaurants Named James Beard Award Semifinalists

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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