The James Beard Foundation today announced the finalists for its annual awards, which recognize excellence in the culinary world. This year, a number of area individuals are named.
On the national level, Barbara Lynch of No. 9 Park, Menton, B&G Oysters, and more is among the nominees for outstanding restaurateur. This award recognizes "a working restaurateur who sets high national standards in restaurant operations and entrepreneurship." Lynch is up against Donnie Madia of Chicago (Blackbird, Avec, The Publican), Cindy Pawlcyn of Napa Valley, Calif. (Mustards Grill, Cindy’s Back Street Kitchen), Caroline Styne of Los Angeles (Lucques, A.O.C., Tavern), and Phil Suarez of New York (ABC Kitchen, Jean-Georges, wd~50).
The Boston-area nominees for Best Chef: Northeast (a region that includes Connecticut, Massachusetts, Maine, New Hampshire, New York State outside of the city, Rhode Island, and Vermont) are Jamie Bissonnette for Coppa, Joanne Chang for her Flour bakery/cafes, Michael Leviton for Lumiere, and Barry Maiden for Hungry Mother. Also nominated: Gerry Hayden of the North Fork Table & Inn in Southold, N.Y., and Matt Jennings of Farmstead in Providence.
Providence gets further recognition in the America's Classics category, with Olneyville New York System, owned by Stephanie Stevens Turini and Greg Stevens, up for an award. The place is famed for a Rhode Island specialty, New York system wieners, a.k.a. hot wieners or gaggers, topped with a meat sauce and more.
In the journalism awards' "food and culture" category, Boston Magazine restaurant critic Corby Kummer is nominated for his feature “Can Starbucks Do for the Croissant What it Did for Coffee?” in Smithsonian. In the broadcast/new-media area, for "radio show/audio webcast," "Here & Now" with hosts Meghna Chakrabarti, Jeremy Hobson, and Robin Young gets a nod.
Two Vermont writers have also been inducted to the James Beard Foundation Who’s Who of Food & Beverage in America, Edward Behr and Barry Estabrook.
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