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Tuesday, June 6, 2023

It’s official! Charlestown has a genuine gourmet chef.

Congratulations to Sherry Pocknett and Sly Fox Den Too

By Will Collette 

Last night, the final awards were given by the James Beard Foundation for this year’s best chefs around the country. 

The James Beard Foundation Award for Best Chef Northeast went to Sherry Pocknett, chef and owner of Sly Fox Den Too restaurant just north of Town Hall on Route 2.

The Beard awards are the top honors awarded in the culinary profession, akin to Pulitzers in journalism, so this is a really big deal. 

This is the first time in the 30 years that a Rhode Island chef has won this honor, the last being Al Forno’s win in 1993.

Ms. Pocknett opened Sly Fox Den Too in 2021 at the long-time site of the Gentleman Farmer of fond memories, but with a menu unique to the area.

She and her family present delicious indigenous dishes that reflect her Mashpee Wampanoag roots but with lots of artistic flare.

I’ve eaten there and enjoyed every dish.

I think the main problem I foresee is seating capacity – 30 seats, plus outdoor picnic tables like the old Gentleman Farmer.

We’re lucky to have her and I wish her long life and prosperity.