Providence chefs are recognized the world over for their excellence.

Providence had grown a fine-dining reputation that led to the city being named the nation’s top food destination in Travel & Leisure’s annual survey for 2012.

That turned more than a few heads and brought both pride, and new diners, as well as hungry travelers, to the city.

Also bringing national attention has been the emergence of R.I. chefs on the James Beard Foundation annual semifinalist lists for Best Chef Northeast, Rising Star, Best New Restaurant, Best Bar Program and Outstanding Service. 

More:RI is a cradle of culinary ingenuity and groundbreaking dining. But when did it all start?

More:Restaurants in RI: A 348-year timeline of our state’s most beloved restaurants, bars, and food businesses

These chefs bring the latest in techniques, flavors and passion to the dining scene, just as earlier groundbreakers started some 45 years ago. 

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