This year the James Beard Foundation is announcing semifinalists for its awards, after the list got leaked last year. The nominees will be announced March 23. There are quite a few locals in the running for a nomination, though the semifinalist list looks nearly identical to last year's. Few of these folks actually made it onto the final list of nominees last year. What do you think of the selections?
Roger Berkowitz, Legal Sea Foods
Barbara Lynch, No. 9 Park
Ana Sortun, Oleana
Best new restaurant
Rising star chef of the year
Will Gilson, Garden at the Cellar
Outstanding pastry chef
Maura Kilpatrick, Sofra
Outstanding wine service
Outstanding wine and spirits professional
Jim Koch, Boston Beer Company
Best chef Northeast:
Gabriel Bremer, Salts
Andy Husbands, Tremont 647
Steve Johnson, Rendezvous in Central Square
Michael Leviton, Lumiere
Tony Maws, Craigie on Main
Marc Orfaly, Pigalle
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