Maine chefs and restaurants well represented among 2012 James Beard semi-finalists

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The James Beard Foundation has announced the semi-finalists for its 2012 James Beard awards. Maine chefs and restaurants in the running are, by category:

Best New Restaurant:

• Petite Jacqueline, Portland

Outstanding Chef:

• Melissa Kelly, Primo, Rockland

Outstanding Restaurant:

• Fore Street, Portland

Best Chef Northeast:

• Penelle, Megan, and Phoebe Chase and Ted LaFage, Chase’s Daily, Belfast
• Brian Hill, Francine Bistro, Camden
• Krista Kern Desjarlais, Bresca, Portland
• Demos Regas, Emilitsa, Portland
• Danai Sriprasert and Nattasak Wongsaichua, Boda, Portland