Massachusetts restaurants nominated for James Beard award

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BOSTON — Several Massachusetts chefs and restaurants have been nominated for a James Beard Award, the Oscars of the food world.

The James Beard Foundation gives out awards every year, recognizing excellence in the restaurant world, including wine, spirits and pastries.

The semifinalists are selected from more than 24,000 entries for 21 different categories. On Wednesday, March 15, the foundation will announce the final nominees for all awards.

For those looking for a new restaurant to try, here's a list to start.

Best New Restaurant:

Outstanding Restauranter:

Garrett Harker, Boston (Eastern Standard Kitchen & Drinks, Island Creek Oyster Bar, Row 34, and others)

Ken Oringer, Boston (Uni, Toro, Coppa, and others)

Outstanding Bar Program:

Outstanding Service:

Eastern Standard Kitchen & Drinks, Boston

Outstanding Wine Program:

O Ya, Boston

Outstanding Chef:

Ana Sortun, Oleana, Cambridge, MA

Outstanding Pastry Chef:

Maura Kilpatrick, Oleana, Cambridge, MA

Outstanding Wine, Beer or Spirits professional:

Chris Weld, Berkshire Mountain Distillers, Sheffield, MA

Rising Star Chef of the Year:

Irene Li, Mei Mei, Boston

Juan Pedrosa, Yvonne's, Boston

Best Chef, Northeast: 

Karen Akunowicz, Myers + Chang, Boston

Alex Crabb, Asta, Boston

Tony Messina, Uni, Boston

Unmi Abkin, Coco & The Cellar Bar, Easthampton, MA

Cassie Piuma, Sarma, Somerville, MA

Susan Regis, Shepard, Cambridge, MA

Marc Sheehan, Loyal Nine, Cambridge, MA

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