March 16, 2017
Philadelphia chefs and restaurants are in the running to get an award that calls itself the "Oscars of the food world."
The James Beard Foundation announced this year's nominees Wednesday, with some recognizable names spotted in five categories.
Michael Solomonov was nominated for Outstanding Chef, while his restaurant, Zahav, was nominated in the Outstanding Service category. Camille Cogswell, of Zahav, was also nominated for the Rising Star Chef of the Year award.
Both Rich Landau, from Vedge, and Greg Vernick, of Vernick Food & Drink, are in the running for Best Chef: Mid-Atlantic.
Stephen Starr, of Starr Restaurants – including Barclay Prime, Parc, The Continental and more – was nominated for Outstanding Restaurateur.
The James Beard Foundation announced its semifinalists back in February.
Ahmir "Questlove" Thompson, The Roots drummer who hails from the City of Brotherly Love, was also featured on the list.
Questlove was given a nomination in the organization's Nonfiction category for "Something to Food About: Exploring Creativity with Innovative Chefs."
The book, released last April, explores conversations with 10 chefs from across the nation.
It's a first for Questlove, and he wasn't afraid to show his excitement in an Instagram post Wednesday.
"Wow man, who knew being a fly on the wall watching others work and gathering life notes would lead to this?" he said.
Winners will be announced during ceremonies in New York City on April 25 and in Chicago on May 1.