Several Philly names made the list of James Beard Foundation Restaurant and Chef Award semifinalists, announced today. The final nominees will be revealed March 24.
Among them, Michael Solomonov and Marc Vetri are both up for honors in the Outstanding Chef category, for Zahav and for Vetri. Alex Bois of High Street on Market and Jon Nodler of a.kitchen are on the list for Rising Star Chef of the Year, while Townsend and Abe Fisher are in the running for Best New Restaurant.
Here are all the local nominees, by category:
Best new restaurant:
Outstanding bar program:
The Franklin Mortgage & Investment Co.
Michael Solomonov, Zahav
Marc Vetri, Vetri
Outstanding pastry chef:
Kate Jacoby, Vedge
Stephen Starr, Starr Restaurants
Outstanding wine, spirits or beer professional:
Tom Peters, Monks Café
Steve Wildy, Vetri Family
Rising star chef of the year:
Alex Bois, High Street on Market
Jon Nodler, a.kitchen
Best chef, Mid-Atlantic:
Pierre Calmels, Bibou
Joe Cicala, Le Virtu
Nicholas Elmi, Laurel
Rich Landau, Vedge
Konstantinos Pitsillides, Kanella
Greg Vernick, Vernick Food & Drink