The 2022 list of semifinalists for the James Beard Foundation Awards has been released. There are 10 semifinal nominees from Maine:
- Best New Restaurant – Leeward
- Outstanding Pastry Chef – Kate Fisher Hamm from Leeward
- Outstanding Baker – Atsuko Fujimoto, Norimoto Bakery
- Outstanding Hospitality – Bao Bao Dumpling House
- Outstanding Bar Program – The Jewel Box
- Best Chef: Northeast – Bowman Brown, Elda/Jackrabbit; Vien Dobui, Công Tử Bột; Ben Jackson, Magnus on Water; Courtney Loreg, Woodford Food and Beverage; Damian Sansonetti, Chaval
The final list of nominees will be released March 16th, and the awards ceremony will take place on Monday June 13th in Chicago.