2022 James Beard Award Semifinalists Announced

Here’s some fun news for fans of food and drink: the James Beard Foundation has named the semifinalists for the 2022 Restaurant & Chef Awards and there’s a little love for some Massachusetts-based faves. MIDA‘s Douglass Williams is among the contenders for Outstanding Chef and first timers like Patricia Estorino at Gustazo Cuban Kitchen & Bar and John DaSilva of Chickadee are in the running for Best Chef Northeast alongside some familiar candidates like Tiffani Faison of Sweet Cheeks & Orfano and Cassie Piuma of Sarma.

The 2022 James Beard Awards will be the first in two years. The Foundation took a little hiatus to do a full audit of its policies and procedures in order to remove bias, increase transparency and accessibility, and align the Awards more closely with their mission and values.

Finalists will be announced on Wednesday, March 16th and the winners will be honored at the Lyric Opera of Chicago on Monday, June 13th. Stay tuned for updates and more info but in the meantime, read on to see some local highlights from the lengthy list of contenders (or peruse the whole long list online here).

Outstanding Restaurateur 
Deborah Snow and Barbara White, Blue Heron Restaurant & Catering, Sunderland, MA

Outstanding Chef 
Douglass Williams, MIDA, Boston and Newton

Outstanding Wine Program
Rebel Rebel, Somerville, MA

Best Chef: Northeast

Patricia Estorino, Gustazo Cuban Kitchen & Bar, Waltham and Cambridge, MA

Tiffani Faison, Orfano, Boston

Daniel Gursha, Ledger, Salem, MA

Tico Huynh, Yvonne’s, Boston

Jeremy Kean and Philip Kruta, Brassica Kitchen + Cafe, Boston

Cassie Piuma, Sarma, Somerville, MA

John DaSilva, Chickadee, Boston

David Schrier, Jessica Pollard and David Clegg, Daily Operation, Easthampton, MA

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