2012 James Beard Foundation Award Winners for Boston

Extra! Extra! Read all about it! The prestigious 2012 James Beard Foundation Awards was today Monday, May 7th, 2012 in New York City. It is basically the who’s who for the culinary community, and Massachusetts made many appearances on the list of nominees. But even though there were plenty of semi finalists from Mass., only two Boston restaurants stood out from the rest and took home the gold.

Drum roll please….

The local winners for 2012 are:

For Outstanding Wine Program –

No. 9 Park, Boston, MA


And for Best Chef: Northeast –

Tim Cushman, O Ya, Boston, MA


Congrats to both restaurants and their teams!

In case you missed it, you can check out the list of nominees from this year, which I posted on my Examiner column awhile back, here. They still should be so proud of themselves. Check it out:

2012 James Beard Foundation Awards – Restaurant and Chef Award Semifinalists

Best New Restaurant

Trade, Boston, MA

Outstanding Bar Program

Drink, Boston, MA

Outstanding Chef

Jody Adams, Rialto, Cambridge, MA

Outstanding Pastry Chef

Joanne Chang, Flour Bakery + Cafe, Boston, MA

Maura Kilpatrick, Sofra Bakery and Cafe, Cambridge, MA

Cheryl Maffai and Jonathan Stevens, Hungry Ghost Bread, Northampton, MA

Outstanding Restaurant

Oleana, Cambridge, MA

Outstanding Restaurateur

Roger Berkowitz, Legal Sea Foods, Boston, MA

Outstanding Service

L’Espalier, Boston, MA

Outstanding Wine Program

No. 9 Park, Boston, MA

Troquet, Boston, MA

Outstanding Wine & Spirits Professional

Jim Koch, The Boston Beer Company, Boston, MA

Jorge Ordoñez, Fine Estates from Spain, Dedham, MA

Best Chef: Northeast

Jamie Bissonnette, Coppa, Boston, MA

Jason Bond, Bondir, Cambridge, MA

Tim Cushman, O Ya, Boston, MA

Bjorn Somlo, Nudel, Lenox, MA

James Beard Foundation

167 West 12th Street, New York, NY 10011





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