March 14, 2018
Nominees for the 2018 James Beard Awards were announced Wednesday morning during a live broadcast streamed from Philadelphia’s own Parc Restaurant in Rittenhouse.
Three Philly restaurants are in the running for what’s essentially considered the Oscars of the American food world, including two nominations for modern Israeli restaurant and long-running Society Hill establishment Zahav.
First among the Philadelphia nominees is Ellen Yin of High Street Hospitality Group, who is nominated for Outstanding Restaurateur. High Street Hospitality is the power behind Philly dining concepts including a.kitchen+bar, Fork, and High Street on Market, which has a New York version (High Street on Hudson) as well.
Yin first made her mark in the Philadelphia dining scene more than 20 years ago with the opening of Fork, a pivotal addition serving as the framework for much of Philadelphia’s popular restaurants today. Yin was among the semifinalists for the same award in 2017.
Zahav is nominated for Outstanding Service, though this is far from the restaurant’s first James Beard recognition. Most recently Michael Solomonov was nominated as Outstanding Chef for his work at Zahav in 2017. This year, Zahav received a new chef nomination, this time for Camille Cogswell, under the category Rising Star Chef. The category is reserved for chefs aged 30 or younger.
Cogswell, who is originally from North Carolina, is Zahav’s pastry chef.
Finally, Rich Landau from vegan and vegetarian restaurant Vedge secured a nomination for Best Chef: Mid-Atlantic. Landau was nominated in the same category last year. Vedge marked six years in business last fall. Landau co-owns the restaurant with wife, Kate Jacoby.
The winners will be announced in Chicago on May 7. Look through the full list of James Beard 2018 nominations here.