Today the James Beard Foundation announced the finalists for its 2014 awards. Though a smattering of Boston-area restaurants were included in the semifinalists announced last month, it was a leaner number of local spots included in this final list. Take a look at the full list here, peek at the New England nominees below, and then let us know: Were any local should-have-been shoo-ins egregiously left out?
Best Chef: Northeast
Jamie Bissonnette of Coppa (Boston, MA)
Joanne Chang of Flour Bakery + Café (Boston, MA)
Matt Jennings of Farmstead Inc. (Providence, RI)
Michael Leviton of Lumière (Newton, MA)
Barry Maiden of Hungry Mother (Cambridge, MA)