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James Beard Semifinalists

I'm not sure what the general Chowhound take on the James Beard Foundation awards is, but they just released the list 2014 Semifinalists. I'm interested in people's thoughts on the the Boston Restaurants being considered for national awards:

Asta for Best New Restaurant
The Hawthorne for Outstanding Bar Program
Ana Sortun, Oleana for Outstanding Chef
Maura Kilpatrick, Oleana for Outstanding Pastry Chef
Hamersley’s Bistro for Outstanding Restaurant
Barbara Lynch, Barbara Lynch Gruppo for Outstanding Restauranteur
L'Espalier for Outstanding Service
Troquet for Outstanding Wine Service
Tim Maslow, Ribelle for Rising Chef Star of the Year

http://www.jamesbeard.org/blog/2014-r...

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  1. Well, haven't made it to Ribelle yet so in the meantime lots of love for Hammersly's for great dining and years of consistency. Gordon is almost always on the line, the servers are wonderful and of course that Red Sox hat is iconic (or ionic as the former Mayor might say).

    1. One of my favorite things about the James Beard Awards is when a restaurant like Hamura Saiman on Kauai blows off the ceremonies and keep cooking and doing what they've always done.

      1. I thought Guilia and Sarma would get a nod alas

        1. It's important to remember that this is very PR driven. I like Flour more than most, and even I think it's comical that Joanne Chang was a finalist last year and is nominated again this year. Flour is a bakery that serves really good sandwiches. That doesn't rise to the level of Best Chef Northeast.

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          1. re: mkfisher

            I know they specify a restaurant for each candidate, but Myers + Chang is at least a closer representative of Joanne Chang's solid food than Flour.

          2. Not national, but there's also the candidates for Best Chef: Northeast, which includes all of New England and New York state outside of NYC:

            Jamie Bissonnette, Coppa, Boston
            Joanne Chang, Flour Bakery + Cafe, Boston
            Michael Leviton, Lumière, Newton, MA
            Barry Maiden, Hungry Mother, Cambridge, MA

            http://mcslimjb.blogspot.com/

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            1. re: MC Slim JB

              I don;t see how Ana Sortun doesn;t get nominated for "Best Chef Northeast". Is there a rule against overlap?

              1. re: ChinaCat

                It would be a big deal if someone from boston won best chef - us; i would not vote for Ana Sortun by the way. But has anyone even been nominated for that honor prior to Sortun?

                I like both ASTA and Tim Maslow. Certainly, the wine program at Troquet is about as good as it gets.

                1. re: ChinaCat

                  She was already chosen as Best Chef Northeast. I don't believe they repeat.

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                2. re: MC Slim JB

                  I posted the Northeast chefs in a separate post.

                  http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/966241

                  Personally I would like to see Maiden take it or Matt Jennings from Farmstead in Providence.

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                  1. re: MC Slim JB

                    I was gonna say that Biss was a nominee....