Mystic chef is semifinalist for one of the culinary world’s biggest awards

3 Feb 2023


Renee Touponce, executive chef at The Port of Call, is a semifinalist for the James Beard Awards, one of the biggest honors in the culinary world.

Her category for best chef covers the Northeast. She was one of 20 to be named a semifinalist in that region, and she was one of two from Connecticut (the other was Christian Hunter, from Community Table in Washington, Conn.).

“It’s such an unbelievable thing and such an honor,” Touponce said during an interview Wednesday at The Port of Call. “I’m so proud of myself and my team and this space and the journey – it’s just a culmination of everything that has gotten myself and the phenomenal people I have with me to this moment.”

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