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February 15, 2017

Many Philly chefs, restaurants named semifinalists in 2017 James Beard Foundation Awards

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Take a close look at James Beard Foundation's list of semifinalists for its 2017 Restaurant and Chef Awards – you'll find a lot of familiar names.

The national organization that looks to "celebrate, nurture, and honor America's diverse culinary heritage" published its list for the 27th annual awards Wednesday, narrowed down from 24,000 entries from across the United States.

Philadelphia chefs and restaurants were spotted across the categories, from Saté Kampar, the South Philly Malaysian BYO nominated for "Best New Restaurant" to Zahav's Michael Solomonov, up as a semifinalist in the foundation's "outstanding chef" category.

The final nominees will be announced on March 15 and winner on May 1 during a gala in Chicago. Check out Philly's nominations below, or the foundation's full list here.

Best New Resturant:

•Saté Kampur

Outstanding Baker:

•Tova du Plessis, Essen Bakery

Outstanding Bar Program:


Outstanding Chef:

•Michael Solomonov, Zahav

Outstanding Pastry Chef:

•Pat O'Malley, Hungry Pigeon

Outstanding Restaurateur:

•Stephen Starr (Morimoto, Barclay Prime, El Vez and more)

•Ellen Yin (Fork, High Street on Market)

Outstanding Service:


Rising Star Chef of the Year:

•Camille Cogswell, Zahav

•Jesse Ito, Royal Izakaya

Best Chef - Mid-Atlantic:

•Nicholas Elmi, Laurel

•Rich Landau, Vedge

•Cristina Martinez and Benjamin Miller, South Philly Barbacoa

•Greg Vernick, Vernick Food & Drink