This year’s list of James Beard Award nominees is out and, as expected, Philly chefs and restaurants made a serious showing in the ranks. Except, there’s a problem… Despite the popularity and prominence of the awards, the James Beard Foundation still hasn’t put the damn nominee list online. But enter the Inquirer… and Michael Klein. They racked up the nominations quite nicely:
On the national stage:
Stephen Starr is up for restaurateur.
Marc Vetri of Vetri, for chef.
Vetri, for service.
Lacroix at the Rittenhouse, for wine service.
Kate Honeyman of the Starr-owned Continental Mid-town, for pastry chef.
Jeffrey Michaud of Osteria, Chip Roman of Conshy’s Blackfish, and Michael Solomonov of Marigold Kitchen, for “rising star chef” (for those under 30).
Osteria (owned by Vetri, Jeff Benjamin and Jeff Michaud), Tinto (owned by Jose Garces), and Xochitl (owned by Solomonov, Steven Cook and Dionicio Jimenez), for new restaurant.
For best chef, mid-Atlantic, nominees are Alison Barshak of Alison at Blue Bell, Jim Burke of James in South Philly, Michael DiBianca of Moro in Wilmington, Garces of Amada in Old City, Matthew Levin of Lacroix at the Rittenhouse, and Daniel Stern of Rae in University City.