And the winner of Hottest Chef in Boston is... Myers+ Chang executive chef Karen Akunowicz! Akunowicz beat out such damn fine looking chefs as Presceia Cooper from Darryl's Corner Kitchen, Kevin O'Donnell from The Salty Pig, recent Top Chef contestant Kristen Kish of Stir, Will Gilson of Puritan & Company, and even Joanne Chang-Myers, who puts the "Chang" and some of the "Myers" in Myers + Chang.

Earlier this morning, the James Beard Foundation announced the finalists for this year’s awards, with Jamie Bissonnette (Toro, Coppa), Joanne Chang (Flour, Myers + Chang), and Barry Maiden (Hungry Mother) snagging nods for Best Chef: Northeast, an honor won in years past by chefs like Jody Adams, Ken Oringer, Tony Maws, and most recently, Tim Cushman (who won last year for O Ya).

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