James Beard Award Semifinalists Announced: Philadelphia Garners 16 Nominations Led By Jose Garces And Marc Vetri Up For Outstanding Chef

The James Beard Foundation has released its 2011 Restaurant and Chef Award Semifinalists, and Philadelphia snagged a whopping 16 nominations.

Check out who’s in the running for an “Oscar of the food world”:

Best New Restaurant:

Outstanding Chef
• Jose Garces, Amada
• Marc Vetri, Vetri

Rising Star Chef Of The Year
• Lee Styer, Fond

Best Chef, Mid-Atlantic
• Pierre Calmels, Bibou
• David Gilberg, KOO ZEE DOO
• Adán Saavedra, Paloma
• Michael Solomonov, Zahav

Check out the rest, below.

Outstanding Pastry Chef
• Carla Gonçalves, KOO ZEE DOO
• Erin Stafford, Barbuzzo

Outstanding Restaurant

Outstanding Restaurateur
• Stephen Starr, Starr Restaurants

Outstanding Service
Lacroix at the Rittenhouse Hotel

Outstanding Wine Service
• Michael McCaulley, Tria

Winners will be awarded May 9 at New York’s Lincoln Center.

The 2011 JBF Restaurant and Chef Award Semifinalists (PDF) [James Beard]


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