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Award-winning Chefs

Maine foodies are proud of the state’s vibrant, creative food scene, which is continuously earning accolades for its world-class chefs and restaurants. Portland—which Bon Appetit magazine named the “Best Restaurant City of the Year” in 2018—is home to four of the state’s six winners of the coveted James Beard Award.

Sam Hayward, of Fore Street Restaurant in Portland, has won the James Beard Award for Best Chef in the Northeast and Fore Street has also been a semi-finalist for “Outstanding Restaurant” from the James Beard Foundation every year since 2011.

Hayward has also paired up with renowned chef Dana Street of Street & Company to open Scales, and this Portland dream team created another winner.

Rob Evans won the James Beard Award for Best Chef in the Northeast when he was the owner of Hugo’s in Portland. He went on to open Duckfat, a three-time Food Network Chopped Champion restaurant, and one of Portland’s favorite spots for locally sourced foods.

In 2017, Eventide Oyster Co. chefs Andrew Taylor and Mike Wiley won a James Beard Award in the Best Chef of the Northeast category. Taylor and Wiley also owns another Portland restaurant—the  The Honey Paw.

Melissa Kelly was already a James Beard Award winner when she came to Maine to open Primo in Rockland. She has won two awards for Best Chef in the Northeast and Primo has been the standard for farm-to-table dining in Maine ever since.

Not all winners are chefs though. In 2019, Rob Tod of Allagash Brewing Company in Portland won the James Beard Award for Outstanding Wine, Spirits, or Beer Producer.

Maine’s roster of amazing chefs and restaurants are often semifinalists for James Beard Awards like Alison Pray of Standard Baking Co., and Chad Conley and Greg Mitchell’s Palace Diner. Chef Krista Kern Desjarlais has been nominated numerous times, most recently for The Purple House in North Yarmouth. Other semifinalists include Vien Dobui of Cong Tu Bot and Keiko Suzuki Steinberger of Suzuki’s Sushi Bar.

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  • Oyster company built on community and collaboration - selling, educating, entertaining and more!

    Phone: 207-420-1400


    Address: 38 Portland Street , Portland

    Restaurants, Cafes and Pubs Boating, Canoeing and Kayaking Venues
  • Monson Scoops is an ice cream shop owned by Monson General Store, serving Maine-made ice cream.

    Phone: (207) 997-3800


    Address: 16 Greenville Rd , Monson

    Local Maine Food
  • A completely new Foggy’s Pub is now open! Everyone is welcome to join us for a juicy burger, an artisan pizza, a house made entrée, a fresh salad, or a hand-crafted sandwich.

    Phone: 207.355.5515


    Address: 147 Lang Hill Road , Palmyra

    Caterers and Distributors Local Maine Food Maine Seafood
  • If you're looking for a fun pub open year round, you've found us! Doolin's Pub is dedicated to giving locals and visitors a place to chow down on delicious food and spend time with friends.

    Phone: (207) 268-3000


    Address: 495 Huntington Hill Road , Litchfield

    Caterers and Distributors Local Maine Food Maine Seafood
  • Discover challenging fun on our par 72, 18-hole championship golf course for all levels of golf, stay at our campground and relax by the pool or stop in Foggy's Pub for delicious bites and cold drinks.

    Phone: 207-355-5515


    Address: 147 Lang Hill Road , Palmyra

    Restaurants, Cafes and Pubs Driving Ranges Semi-Private Golf Courses
  • The newest microdistillery in Maine and 1st in Washington County

    Phone: (207) 483-8021


    Address: 1363 Main Street , Harrington

    Breweries, Wineries and Distilleries Local Maine Food

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