March 15, 2016
Just about a month ago, the semifinalists for the 2016 James Beard Foundation Awards, the "Oscars of the food world," were announced. The Philadelphia area was well represented, with plenty of chefs and restaurants getting into the longlist. Now, the finalists for the big medals have been announced and, fittingly, many Philly and local favorites made the list yet again.
Local finalists include:
Outstanding Chef: Michael Solomonov, Zahav
Outstanding Restaurateur: Stephen Starr, Starr Restaurants
Outstanding Wine, Beer, or Spirits Professional: Sam Calagione, Dogfish Head Craft Brewery
Rising Star Chef of the Year: Alex Bois, High Street on Market
Book, Single Subject: "Mastering Pasta: The Art and Practice of Handmade Pasta, Gnocchi, and Risotto," Marc Vetri with David Joachim
Book, International: "Zahav: A World of Israeli Cooking," Michael Solomonov and Steven Cook
Winners will be announced May 2 at the James Beard Awards Gala.