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


American • Brookline

Food- Decor- Service- CostE
The Hawthorne

Bar • Fenway/Kenmore

Atmo.26 Decor26 Service25 CostM

Mediterranean • Cambridge

Food28 Decor24 Service26 Cost$55
Eastern Standard

Bar • Fenway/Kenmore

Atmo.27 Decor26 Service25 Cost 
Island Creek Oyster Bar

Seafood • Fenway/Kenmore

Food28 Decor26 Service26 Cost$49
Row 34

Seaport District

Food- Decor- Service- CostM

Cocktail Bar • Seaport District

Atmo.- Decor24 Service23 CostE

French • Seaport District

Food28 Decor27 Service29 Cost$141
No.9 Park

Beacon Hill

Food28 Decor26 Service27 Cost$79

Italian • Seaport District

Food26 Decor21 Service24 Cost$41
B&G Oysters

Seafood • South End

Food27 Decor22 Service24 Cost$47
The Butcher Shop

French • South End

Food26 Decor23 Service23 Cost$45

French • Back Bay

Food28 Decor27 Service27 Cost$97

French • Theater District

Food25 Decor21 Service25 Cost$62

Italian • South End

Food28 Decor21 Service24 Cost$40
Flour Bakery


Food26 Decor20 Service20 Cost$13
Flour Bakery

South End

Food26 Decor20 Service20 Cost$13
Flour Bakery

Seaport District

Food26 Decor20 Service20 Cost$13
Flour Bakery

Back Bay

Food26 Decor20 Service20 Cost$13

French • Newton

Food28 Decor24 Service27 Cost$57
Hungry Mother

American • Cambridge

Food27 Decor23 Service25 Cost$46
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