Semifinalists For 2011 Beard Awards Announced

The long list for this year’s James Beard Awards is out. At first blush, the Best Chef Northeast category is a little light on Boston-based chefs with just O Ya‘s Tim Cushman and Craigie on Main‘s Tony Maws representing our fair city. Beantown does get a few shout outs in other categories though – Menton is among the contenders for Best New Restaurant; Flour‘s Joanne Chang and Oleana‘s Maura Kilpatrick are in the running for Outstanding Pastry Chef; L’Espalier is up for Outstanding Service; Troquet is among the semi-finalists for Outstanding Wine Service; and Garden at the Cellar‘s Will Gilson could be this year’s Rising Star Chef. Get a glimpse of the whole list on the James Beard Foundation’s website and check back with us for updates as the awards ceremony (scheduled for Monday, May 9th) approaches.

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