24 Feb 2017

James Beard Semifinalists from Maine

Posted by Michael Sosnowski

Twelve Maine chefs and restaurants have been named semifinalists for the 2017 James Beard Awards. They are included below, along with a short video from Laura outlining the next steps:

The semifinalists:

  • Best New Restaurant: Drifters Wife, Portland
  • Outstanding Baker: Alison Pray, Standard Baking Co., Portland
  • Outstanding Bar Program: The Portland Hunt + Alpine Club, Portland
  • Outstanding Pastry Chef: Ilma Lopez, Piccolo, Portland
  • Outstanding Restaurant: Chase’s Daily, Belfast, and Fore Street, Portland
  • Outstanding Wine, Spirits or Beer Professional: Rob Tod, Allagash Brewing Co., Portland
  • Rising Star Chef of the Year: Cara Stadler, Tao Yuan, Brunswick
  • Best Chef Northeast: Brian Hill, Francine Bistro, Camden; Ravin Nakjaroen, Long Grain, Camden; Keiko Suzuki Steinberger, Suzuki’s Sushi Bar, Rockland; Andrew Taylor and Mike Wiley, Eventide Oyster Co., Portland
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