February 17, 2016
The James Beard Foundation has announced the semifinalists for its 2016 Restaurant and Chef Awards, and some South Jersey and Philly favorites have made the cut. Many consider the JBF awards to be the Oscars of the food scene, so for so many local establishments to be longlisted for them is just another jewel in Philly's culinary crown.
The short list of nominees (as well as the nominees for the JBF's Book, Journalism, Broadcast Media, and Restaurant Design Awards) will be announced Tuesday, March 15. Winners will be announced at the James Beard Awards Gala Monday, May 2.
Local semifinalists include:
Andre Chin and Amanda Eap, Artisan Boulanger Patissier
Outstanding Pastry Chef
Kate Jacoby, Vedge
Stephen Starr, Starr Restaurants
Outstanding Wine, Beer, or Spirits Professional
Sam Calagione, Dogfish Head Craft Brewery
Rising Star of the Year
Alex Bois, High Street on Market
View the complete list of James Beard Foundation 2016 Restaurant and Chef Awards semifinalists here.