The 2014 James Beard Semifinalists for Boston

By Scott Kearnan | February 19, 2014 By Scott Kearnan  |  February 19, 2014

It's the time of year: the James Beard Foundation has announced its annual restaurant and chef award semifinalists, and slew of Boston-area people and places have made the (preliminary) cut. Among the highlights: Tim Maslow of Ribelle (pictured) is a semifinalist in the "Rising Star Chef of the Year" category. The finalists will be announced on Wednesday, March 19, and the winners on May 2 and May 5. 

Here are the Massachusetts restaurants and chefs represented, by category:

Best New Restaurant

Asta (Boston)
Ribelle (Brookline) 

Outstanding Bar Program

The Hawthorne (Boston)

Outstanding Chef

Ana Sortun of Oleana (Cambridge)

Outstanding Pastry Chef

Maura Kilpatrick of Oleana (Cambridge)
Jonathan Stevens and Cheryl Maffei of Hungry Ghost (Northampton)

Outstanding Restaurant

Hamersley’s Bistro (Boston)

Outstanding Restaurateur

Garrett Harker (Eastern Standard, Island Creek Oyster Bar, The Hawthorne, Row 34)
Barbara Lynch, Barbara Lynch Gruppo (No. 9 Park, Menton, B&G Oysters, Sportello, Drink, The Butcher Shop, Stir)

Outstanding Service

L'Espalier (Boston)

Outstanding Wine Program

Troquet (Boston)

Rising Star Chef of the Year

Tim Maslow of Ribelle (Brookline; check out his 30 Under 30 profile here)

Best Chef: Northeast

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

Places Mentioned


Food24 Decor19 Service23 Cost$52

The Hawthorne

Atmo.26 Decor26 Service25 CostM


Food27 Decor22 Service26 Cost$61

Eastern Standard

Atmo.27 Decor26 Service25 Cost 

Island Creek Oyster Bar

Oyster BarFenway/Kenmore
Food26 Decor25 Service25 Cost$49

Row 34

Seaport District
Food25 Decor23 Service22 Cost$48


Cocktail BarSeaport District
Atmo.- Decor24 Service23 CostE


FrenchSeaport District
Food27 Decor27 Service27 Cost$144

No.9 Park

Beacon Hill
Food26 Decor24 Service26 Cost$86


ItalianSeaport District
Food26 Decor19 Service23 Cost$53

B&G Oysters

SeafoodSouth End
Food26 Decor21 Service23 Cost$54

The Butcher Shop

FrenchSouth End
Food25 Decor21 Service22 Cost$54


FrenchBack Bay
Food28 Decor27 Service27 Cost$97


FrenchTheater District
Food24 Decor21 Service22 Cost$71


ItalianSouth End
Food26 Decor21 Service23 Cost$40

Flour Bakery

Food25 Decor17 Service19 Cost$13

Flour Bakery

South End
Food25 Decor17 Service19 Cost$13

Flour Bakery

Seaport District
Food25 Decor17 Service19 Cost$13

Flour Bakery

Back Bay
Food25 Decor17 Service19 Cost$13


Food26 Decor23 Service26 Cost$57

Hungry Mother

Food26 Decor22 Service25 Cost$46

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