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    Thursday, May 30, 2024

    Charlestown, R.I., chef is a James Beard Awards finalist

    Chef Sherry Pocknett laughs along with staff members as she prepares some of the new menu items at the Mashantucket Pequot Tribal Museum in 2016. (Tim Cook/The Day)
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    Chef Sherry Pocknett, who used to be the food and beverage manager for the Mashantucket Pequot Museum and Research Center, is a finalist for the illustrious James Beard Awards.

    She is nominated for her work at her Sly Fox Den Too restaurant in Charlestown, R.I. The restaurant, which she opened in 2021, focuses on Native American cuisine and celebrates Native American food traditions.

    Pocknett is a member of the Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe and grew up on Cape Cod. She was hired to revamp the menu of the restaurant at the Mashantucket Pequot Museum when it was being rebranded in 2016.

    Pocknett is one of five finalists in the best chef in New England category of the James Beard Awards, which also includes Renee Touponce of The Port of Call in Mystic.

    Pocknett could not be reached for comment.

    The winners of the Beard honors will be announced at a June 5 ceremony in Chicago.

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