New Bedford native Maria Lawton and her PBS program just got a huge nod from the television industry.

Season 2 of Maria’s Portuguese Table has been nominated for an Emmy.

From writing a cookbook to having a nationally-viewed cooking show, Lawton's journey is inspiring. She is “still in shock” over her latest accomplishment.

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Maria Lawton, from the Azores to the Small Screen

Lawton and her family moved from the Azores to New Bedford when she was six. She was always proud of her heritage and culture, and as an adult, she got busy writing a cookbook.

It was her family’s legacy written out in recipes. She began doing book tours, and with the encouragement of her fans, she ventured into the world of television with Maria’s Portuguese Table.

Success happened quickly. It only took one year for Lawton’s show to be available nationwide on PBS.

READ MORE: Maria Lawton Gives New Bedford the Spotlight on Popular PBS Show

Her authenticity and passion for the Portuguese culture kept people tuning in. In Episode 4 of Season 2, she returned to her roots in New Bedford and showcased the rich culture of the Whaling City.

Maria’s Portuguese Table Receives Emmy Nomination

“I’m actually still in the state of shock and excitement all at the same time,” writes Lawton to her 70-thousand followers. Lawton goes on to thank her family, her sponsors, and her team at Cineasta Digital Productions.

“I would also like to congratulate everyone else who was nominated and I can’t wait for the actual awards ceremony,” she said.

The National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences (NATAS) Boston/New England Chapter will announce the official winners on Saturday, June 8th at the 47th Annual Boston/New England Emmy Awards Ceremony in Boston.

Congratulations, Maria!

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