James Beard Award Best Chef Northeast 2013 - Melissa Kelly at Primo (Rockland, Maine)
Well, at least she SHOULD be this year. She's made it to the finals again (the only one in Maine to do so this year). If she doesn't finally win it for Primo after all the previous nominations then I give up. She won it before in 1999 at her old place in NY...but never at Primo...which is just plain wrong in my humble opinion. I feel like last season was particularly extraordinary...maybe hard to put a finger on it, but I felt like she really stepped up in a big way. Looking forward to another great season.