Foodie news: Beard semifinalist nominees released; Maine chefs in the running

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Maine chefs are no strangers to the James Beard Foundation’s annual awards, and the 2010 semifinalists include both familiar faces and new entries to the competition. Notably, Sam Hayward, a former Best Chef in the Northeast winner, is nominated for Outstanding Chef and his restaurant, Fore Street, is nominated for Outstanding Restaurant. Contenders for the Best Chef in the Northeast honor include Clark Frasier and Mark Gaier, of Arrows (a talented duo who have been previously nominated). Nominees will be named on March 22; winners announced on May 3.Here’s the full Maine line-up:

Outstanding Chef:

• Sam Hayward, Fore Street, Portland

• Outstanding Restaurant:

• Fore Street, Portland

Best Chef Northeast:

• Penelle Chase, Phoebe Chase, Megan Chase, and Ted Lafage, Chase’s Daily, Belfast

Krista Kern Desjarlais, Bresca, Portland

• Clark Frasier and Mark Gaier, Arrows Restaurant, Ogunquit

• Brian Hill, Francine Bistro, Camden