The James Beard Foundation has released their final list of 2014 nominees across a range of categories, from chefs to restaurants to food reporting. See the local finalists ahead.
No major surprises in the Best Chef: Northeast category. Newton stalwart Lumiere recently received a happy review from Globe critic Devra First, and Jamie Bissonnette is enjoying a productive year, having also recently opened New York City's Toro. Social media savants Joanne Chang and Matt Jennings (follow both on Instagram!) made the cut.
Best Chef: Northeast (CT, MA, ME, NH, NY STATE, RI, VT)
Jamie Bissonnette, Coppa, Boston
Joanne Chang, Flour Bakery + Café, Boston
Gerry Hayden, The North Fork Table & Inn, Southold, NY
Matt Jennings, Farmstead Inc., Providence, RI
Michael Leviton, Lumière, Newton, MA
Barry Maiden, Hungry Mother, Cambridge, MA
Barbara Lynch was also nominated in the Outstanding Restaurateur category.
A working restaurateur who sets high national standards in restaurant operations and entrepreneurship. Candidates must have been in the restaurant business for at least 10 years. Candidates must not have been nominated for a James Beard Foundation chef award in the past 10 years.
Barbara Lynch, Barbara Lynch Gruppo, Boston (No. 9 Park, Menton, B&G Oysters, and others)
Donnie Madia, One Off Hospitality Group, Chicago (Blackbird, Avec, The Publican, and others)
Cindy Pawlcyn, Napa Valley, CA (Mustards Grill, Cindy’s Back Street Kitchen)
Caroline Styne, Los Angeles (Lucques, A.O.C., Tavern, and others)
Phil Suarez, Suarez Restaurant Group, NYC (ABC Kitchen, Jean-Georges, wd~50, and others)
And finally, local scribe Corby Kummer was nominated for his piece, "Fire-Eaters," in Smithsonian magazine.
See the full national list of nominees here.