It’s About More Than Food—James Beard Semifinalist Chef Renee Touponce of Mystic, CT

When the phrase James Beard is mentioned in connection with a chef or restaurant, there’s good reason to take notice. Chef Renee Touponce of Port of Call and Oyster Club in Mystic, Connecticut has had quite the year. Since opening Port of Call last spring and acquiring a new leadership role at Oyster Club the year before that, she and her restaurants have garnered consistent attention. In December 2022, she was named Best Chef for her state by the Connecticut Restaurant Association, and just six weeks ago, she was nominated as a James Beard semifinalist for Best Chef in the Northeast category.

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