Two R.I. chefs named James Beard Award semifinalists

BEN SUKLE, chef and proprietor with his wife Heidi of Oberlin and birch restaurants in Providence, is a semifinalist for Best Chef-Northeast in the 2019 James Beard Awards. / PBN FILE PHOTO/RUPERT WHITELEY
BEN SUKLE, chef and proprietor with his wife Heidi of Oberlin and birch restaurants in Providence, is a semifinalist for Best Chef-Northeast in the 2019 James Beard Awards. / PBN FILE PHOTO/RUPERT WHITELEY
PROVIDENCE - The 2019 James Beard Award semifinalists were announced Wednesday morning and two Rhode Island chef-restaurateurs are in the hunt. Nominated for Best Chef-Northeast are chef-owner Ben Sukle for his restaurant "Oberlin" in Providence and James Mark for his modern “north” eatery also in the city. Mark began north off Broadway in Providence then…

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