Food & dining

New England has a strong presence on this year’s James Beard award list

Chef Ken Oringer is nominated for the James Beard Foundation’s 2017 outstanding restaurateur award.
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Chef Ken Oringer is nominated for the James Beard Foundation’s 2017 outstanding restaurateur award.

Today, the James Beard Foundation announces the nominees for its 2017 awards, often described as the Oscars of the food world. (The semifinalists were announced in February.) New England has a national presence on this year’s list. (The complete roster can be found here.)

Ken Oringer (Uni, Toro, Coppa, and others) is nominated for outstanding restaurateur. Maura Kilpatrick of Oleana is nominated for outstanding pastry chef. And for wine, beer, or spirits professional, Rob Tod of Allagash Brewing Company in Portland, Maine, is in the running.

The nominees for Best Chef: Northeast are Karen Akunowicz, Myers + Chang, Boston; Cassie Piuma, Sarma, Somerville; Susan Regis, Shepard, Cambridge; Benjamin Sukle, Birch, Providence; and Andrew Taylor and Mike Wiley, Eventide Oyster Co., Portland, Maine.

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At the nomination ceremony in Los Angeles, Legal Sea Foods president and CEO Roger Berkowitz also received a Who’s Who award.

Congratulations to the nominees. Winners will be announced May 1 at the awards ceremony in Chicago.

Devra First can be reached at dfirst@globe.com. Follow her on Twitter @devrafirst.