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