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James Beard Awards Recognizes Local Restaurateurs06:29

Cassie Piuma in the kitchen of Sarma. (Alison Bruzek/WBUR)
Cassie Piuma in the kitchen of Sarma. (Alison Bruzek/WBUR)

The James Beard Awards are often called the Oscars of the Food World. Of this year's finalists seven of the nominees including four in the chef and restaurant categories have ties to Greater Boston. We break down the local nominees.

Nominees For Best Chef: Northeast

Tiffani Faison, Tiger Mama, Boston

James Mark, North, Providence

Tony Messina, Uni, Boston

Cassie Piuma, Sarma, Somerville, MA

Benjamin Sukle, Oberlin, Providence


Jacqueline Cain, deputy food editor for Boston Magazine. She tweets @jackie_cain.

This segment aired on April 2, 2019.

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