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James Beard Award announces the 2024 semifinalists

Boston turned up the heat this year with one Best New Restaurant nomination, two Outstanding Wine Program nominations, and seven Best Chef: Northeast nods.

A plate of food topped with leafy greens from Comfort Kitchen

Comfort Kitchen is known for global comfort food like this okra dish.

It’s like the Oscars for foodies — and we’re hungry to share all of the local culinary achievements. Yesterday the James Beard Foundation announced its list of semifinalists for the 2024 awards honoring restaurant and chefs.

The list is organized by best-of categories, individuals, and restaurants. This year the Bay State has a number of potential award-winning eateries and chefs on the list. Let’s take a look at the local nominees.

Best New Restaurant:

Comfort Kitchen, Dorchester
Coming up on the one-year anniversary of its opening, this Upham’s Corner eatery serves global comfort food that celebrates the ingredients and flavors of the African diaspora. The cozy cafe has counter service during the day and at night transforms into an intimate dinner experience with a full bar. Comfort Kitchen was also recognized on the New York Times’ Top 50 Restaurants List 2023.


Somerville is home to wine bars galore.

Photo by @rebelrebelsomerville

Outstanding Wine and Other Beverages Program:

Best Chef: Northeast

Congratulations to all the local semifinalists. Save the date for Monday, June 10, for the James Beard Award Restaurant and Awards Ceremony, followed by a winners gala.

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