The finalists for the James Beard Awards — the equivalent of the Oscars for the world of food and drink — came out today, and a few Boston-area chefs could take home some hardware.
When the list of Beard Award semifinalists came out in February, there were 20 nominees with local ties. But with the finals cutting the number of nominees in each group down significantly, only four remain.
Outstanding Baker: Joanne Chang, Flour Bakery + Cafe (Boston, MA)
Outstanding Pastry Chef: Maura Kilpatrick, Oleana (Cambridge, MA)
Best Chef, Northeast: Karen Akunowicz, Myers + Chang (Boston, MA)
Best Chef, Northeast: Susan Regis, Shepard (Cambridge, MA)
Chang, Akunowicz, and Kilpatrick were all Beard Award finalists last year as well.
Check out the full list of nominees here.