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2012 James Beard Award semifinalists

Posted by Devra First  February 21, 2012 02:02 PM

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The long list of potential finalists for this year's James Beard Awards is out. There are quite a few Boston and New England representatives. They are ...

Best new restaurant:
Trade, Boston
The Dorrance, Providence, RI
Petite Jacqueline, Portland, ME
Pistou, Burlington, VT

Outstanding bar program:
Drink, Boston
Cook & Brown Public House, Providence, RI

Outstanding chef:
Jody Adams, Rialto, Cambridge, MA
Melissa Kelly, Primo, Rockland, ME

Outstanding pastry chef:
Joanne Chang, Flour Bakery + Cafe, Boston
Maura Kilpatrick, Sofra Bakery and Cafe, Cambridge, MA
Cheryl Maffai and Jonathan Stevens, Hungry Ghost Bread, Northampton, MA

Outstanding restaurant:
Oleana, Cambridge, MA
Fore Street, Portland, ME

Outstanding restaurateur:
Roger Berkowitz, Legal Sea Foods, Boston
Edward Aloise and Claudia Rippee, E&C Restaurant Management Corporation, Manchester, NH

Outstanding service:
L’Espalier, Boston

Outstanding wine program:
No. 9 Park, Boston
Troquet, Boston

Outstanding wine and spirits professional:
Jim Koch, The Boston Beer Company, Boston
Jorge Ordonez, Fine Estates from Spain, Dedham, MA

Rising star chef of the year:
Benjamin Sukle, The Dorrance, Providence, RI

And the shortlist for Best Chef: Northeast consists of:

Jamie Bissonnette, Coppa, Boston
Jason Bond, Bondir, Cambridge, MA
Kara Brooks, Still River Cafe, Eastford, CT
Penelle, Megan, and Phoebe Chase and Ted LaFage, Chase’s Daily, Belfast, ME
Tim Cushman, O Ya, Boston
Krista Kern Desjarlais, Bresca, Portland, ME
Jeffrey Gimmel, Swoon Kitchenbar, Hudson, NY
Gerry Hayden, The North Fork Table & Inn, Southold, NY
Brian Hill, Francine Bistro, Camden, ME
Dano Hutnik, Dano’s Heuriger on Seneca, Lodi, NY
Liz Jackson, Libby’s Bistro, Gorham, NH
Matt and Kate Jennings, La Laiterie, Providence, RI
Serge Madikians, Serevan, Amenia, NY
Demos Regas, Emilitsa, Portland, ME
Bjorn Somlo, Nudel, Lenox, MA
Champe Speidel, Persimmon, Bristol, RI
Danai Sriprasert and Nattasak Wongsaichua, Boda, Portland, ME
Bill Taibe, LeFarm, Westport, CT
Sai Viswanath, DeWolf Tavern, Bristol, RI
Eric Warnstedt, Hen of the Wood, Waterbury, VT

You can find the full list here. What do you think of this year's semifinalists? Who do you think should appear on the final ballot?

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Devra First is the Globe's food reporter and restaurant critic. Her reviews appear weekly in the Food section.

Ellen Bhang reviews Cheap Eats restaurants for the Globe and writes about wine.

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