Here are the Massachusetts nominees for the 2022 James Beard Foundation Awards



Find out which of your favorite restaurants made the cut.

Douglass Williams is the head chef at MIDA, an Italian restaurant in Boston. Photo courtesy of the James Beard Foundation

the James Beard Foundation announced his Nominees for the 2022 semi-finals for the James Beard Awards – one of the most prestigious awards a restaurant or chef can win.

The non-profit organization celebrates restaurants and chefs across the country in many different categories, from top chef for each region of the country to nationally outstanding restaurateur.

The winners will be announced at a ceremony in Chicago on June 13.

Here are the Massachusetts nominees in each category:

Best Chef in the Northeast

Ceviche made with fish of the day, prepared with pomegranate, pineapple, avocado, orange, red pepper, served with boniato chips at Gustazo Cuban Cafe, on Mass Ave. in Cambridge – Josh Reynolds for the Boston Globe

Patricia Estorino, Gustazo Cuban Kitchen & Bar, Waltham and Cambridge – Gustazo offers modern Cuban cuisine in an authentic atmosphere inspired by Havana. Here you will find a wide range of small plates, as well as fish and delicious main courses.

Orfano’s main dining hall in Boston. – (Aram Boghosian for the Boston Globe)

Tiffani Faison, Orfano, Boston – Located in the Fenway neighborhood, Orfano serves up modern Italian dishes like artisan pastas and steaks. The restaurant has a decadent atmosphere with golden chandeliers.

Daniel Gursha, Ledger, Salem – Located in the Salem Savings Bank building, built in 1818, Ledger offers classic New England dishes, such as seared salmon and black angus sirloin, cooked using traditional techniques.

Yvonne’s Restaurant, 2 Winter St., Boston. – Photo courtesy of Yvonne

Tico Huynh, at Yvonne, Boston – Yvonne is an experience. With several different themed rooms, its cocktails and modern American dishes are as creative and decadent as its atmosphere.

Brassica Kitchen + Coffee. – Pat Greenhouse/Globe Staff

Jeremy Kean and Philip Kruta, Brassica Kitchen + Cafe, Boston – Brassica Kitchen is a cafe that serves coffee, sandwiches and pastries during the day and modern American cuisine in the evening. Located in Jamaica Plain, it offers legendary brunch and fun cocktails.

Duck and date skewers on mashed carrots served at Sarma. – (Matthew J. Lee/Globe Staff)

Cassie Piuma, Sarma, Somerville – Sarma is based on the traditional Turkish meyhanes, or restaurants. Its menu offers a wide range of small plates to suit all dietary preferences.

Half-fried chicken served with black bean hummus and cauliflower cashew pilaf at Chickadee Restaurant in the Seaport. – (photo by Matthew J Lee/Globe Staff)

John DaSilva, Mésange, Boston – Located in the Seaport district, Chickadee’s dishes are Mediterranean-inspired. The kitchen menu is seasonal, using ingredients sourced from local farms wherever possible.

David Schrier, Jessica Pollard and David Clegg, Daily Operation, Easthampton – Daily Operation offers modern and creative American dishes that draw inspiration from around the world. The atmosphere is fun and relaxed.

Nominees for best restaurateur:

Deborah Snow and Barbara White, Blue Heron Restaurant & Catering, Sunderland – Located in the Old City Hall, built in 1867, Blue Heron is an upscale restaurant with a menu that changes weekly and is wide enough to accommodate all dietary preferences.

Nominated for Best Chef:

Douglass Williams is the head chef at MIDA, an Italian restaurant in Boston. – Photo courtesy of the James Beard Foundation

Douglass Williams, MIDA, Boston — MIDA is an upscale Italian restaurant that serves up all the beloved classic dishes. This is one of the few Italian restaurants in Boston that opens its doors for a delicious brunch.

Nominated for Outstanding Wine Program:

Lauren Friel, owner of Rebel Rebel Wine Bar, in Somerville, Mass. – (AP Photo/Steven Senne)

Rebel Rebel, Somerville – Named after the classic song by David Bowie, the attitude of this wine bar is exactly what the name suggests. Serving natural wine, the bar makes no apologies for its progressive values.


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