The final nominees for the 2017 James Beard Awards — considered the Oscars of the food industry — were announced on the James Beard Foundation’s website Wednesday. And just like when the semifinalists for the awards were announced in February, New England was well represented.
Maura Kilpatrick, of the Cambridge Mediterranean restaurant Oleana, was nominated for Outstanding Pastry Chef; Ken Oringer, who cofounded Boston restaurants Toro, Uni, and Coppa, and Cambridge’s Little Donkey, earned a nod for outstanding restaurateur; and Rob Tod, the founder of Portland, Maine’s Allagash Brewing Company, was nominated for outstanding wine, beer, or spirits professional.
Meanwhile, the nominees for Best Chef (Northeast) are: Karen Akunowicz, of the South End Asian restaurant Myers + Chang; Cassie Piuma, of Somerville Middle Eastern restaurant Sarma; Susan Regis, of the Cambridge French-inspired restaurant Shepard; Benjamin Sukle, of the Providence, Rhode Island, modern American restaurant Birch; and Andrew Taylor and Mike Wiley, of the Portland, Maine, seafood restaurant Eventide Oyster Co., which will soon open a Boston location.
Apart from the restaurant and chef awards, Legal Sea Foods CEO Roger Berkowitz received a Who’s Who award, and WCVB TV’s long-running show Chronicle earned a nomination for Best Special for its episode focused on chocolate.