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JBF 2013 seminfinals discussion


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JBF 2013 seminfinals discussion

valcfield | | Feb 19, 2013 09:59 AM

Below is a list culled from the recently posted eater article (

Was wondering if anyone had thoughts- surprises (good or bad)? what's missing?

"Puritan & Company, for Best New Restaurant
· The Hawthorne, for Outstanding Bar Program
· Barbara Lynch of No. 9 Park, for Outstanding Chef
· Maura Kilpatrick of Oleana, for Outstanding Pastry Chef
· Oleana, for Outstanding Restaurant
· Roger Berkowitz of Legal Sea Foods, for Outstanding Restaurateur
· Eastern Standard, for Outstanding Service
· Troquet, for Outstanding Wine Program
· Will Gilson of Puritan & Company, for Rising Star Chef of the Year
· Tim Maslow of Strip-T's, for Rising Star Chef of the Year
· Jamie Bissonnette of Coppa, for Best Chef: Northeast
· Joanne Chang of Flour Bakery + Cafe, for Best Chef: Northeast
· Michael Leviton of Lumiere, for Best Chef: Northeast
· Barry Maiden of Hungry Mother, for Best Chef: Northeast"


to throw my own commentary in, i was a bit surprised to see, given how recently it has opened, puritan & co. make it in for best new resto (i enjoyed my first visit there, but would probably have picked something else if i were to use that label on a boston resto),

and similarly, if will gilson is getting 'rising star' chef based on its opening/first couple of months, i find that a bit premature (if its based more on the history of past couple of years for him, of which i admittedly only know basics, that might make more sense).

this is not to say i don't like puritan; i think i follow bn lee's review that its a very solid place that doesn't feel like its quite lived up to its potential, which is why i was a bit surprised to see the dual nominations.

edit: i should be clear, that, despite being surprised, that i'm proud of the work that team is doing and excited for their success. always cool to see a restaurant get recognition.