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Old Favorites, and a Few Surprises, Show Up on the James Beard Restaurant and Chef Semifinalist List

Will Gilson, on the rise.

Will Gilson, on the rise.

Boston makes a strong showing in this year's James Beard semifinals; finalists will be announced on March 18. On the list are usual suspects like Roger Berkowitz (best restaurateur), Jamie Bissonnette (best chef: Northeast) and Barbara Lynch (outstanding chef, and one of the few female chefs on the list). But there are a few surprises, too.

Troquet, which you don't hear nearly enough about these days, gets a nod for Outstanding Wine Program. Will Gilson appears as a Rising Star Chef of the Year, and his brand-new Puritan & Co. is a Best New Restaurant semifinalist. He's up against the much-lauded Tim Maslow from Strip-T's, who, as we all know by now, used to work at Momofuku. Oleana, meanwhile, gets an Outstanding Restaurant nod, just in time for chef Ana Sortun's expansion into Somerville.

See the full list right here.

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