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Here Are the Local James Beard Foundation Semifinalists for 2015

The James Beard Foundation has announced its restaurant and chef awards semifinalists for 2015. The list will be narrowed down to nominees on March 24, and the winners will be announced on May 4 in Chicago.

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Here are the local semifinalists. Consult for the complete list.



  • Karen Akunowicz, Myers + Chang (Best Chef: Northeast semifinalist)
  • Joanne Chang, Flour Bakery + Cafe (Outstanding Baker semifinalist)
  • Alex Crabb, Asta (Best Chef: Northeast semifinalist)
  • Abe Faber and Christy Timon, Clear Flour Bakery (Outstanding Baker semifinalist)
  • Garrett Harker, Island Creek Oyster BarEastern Standard, and more (Outstanding Restaurateur semifinalist)
  • Max Hull and Irene Li, Mei Mei (Rising Star of the Year) — "Wow. We are honored, thrilled, humbled & stunned to be a Beard Foundation Rising Star semi-finalist alongside so many greats! Thank you!" tweets Mei Mei.
  • Maura Kilpatrick, Oleana (Outstanding Pastry Chef semifinalist)
  • Jim Koch, The Boston Beer Company (Outstanding Beer, Wine, or Spirits Professional semifinalist)
  • Michael Leviton, Lumiere (Outstanding Restaurateur semifinalist)
  • Cheryl Maffei and Jonathan Stevens, Hungry Ghost in Northampton (Outstanding Baker semifinalist)
  • Barry Maiden, Hungry Mother (Best Chef: Northeast semifinalist)
  • Tim Maslow, Ribelle (Best Chef: Northeast semifinalist)
  • Michael Pagliarini, Giulia (Best Chef: Northeast semifinalist)
  • Cassie Piuma, Sarma (Best Chef: Northeast semifinalist)
  • Ana Sortun, Oleana (Outstanding Chef semifinalist)