James Beard Award Semifinalists Announced: Philadelphia Nabs An Impressive 16 Total Nominations

The James Beard Awards are considered to be the 'Oscars of the food world.' (Image courtesy James Beard Foundation)

The 2012 James Beard Award Semifinalists have officially been announced, and Philadelphia is representing in a big way.

Tashan, The Farm and Fisherman and Zeppoli are all in the running for Best New Restaurant.

We have four nominees for Best Chef Midatlantic: Pierre Calmels of Bibou; David Gilberg of Koo Zee Doo; Konstantinos Pitsillides of Kanella and Marcie Turney of Barbuzzo.

We also have two nominations for Rising Star Chef: Le Virtu’s Joe Cicala and Fond’s Lee Styer. Jessie Prawlucki (pastry chef at Fond and her newly opened Belle Cakery) is up for Outstanding Pastry Chef. Well done, East Passyunk!

Below, check out what other local restaurants are in the running for an “Oscar of the food world”.

Outstanding Restaurant
• Vetri

Outstanding Service
• Vetri
• Fountain Restaurant at Four Seasons Hotel

Outstanding Bar Program
• Franklin Mortgage & Investment Co.
• Standard Tap

Outstanding Restaurateur
• Stephen Starr

Outstanding Wine Program
• Tria

Check out the James Bear Twitter page on March 19: they’ll be announcing the narrowed down list of Restaurant and Chef Award nominees.

Awards Watch: The 2012 Restaurant and Chef Awards Semifinalists [James Beard]


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  1. Don’t forget nomination for the chef Blackfish in Philly’s western suburbs! (If you’re counting Collingswood as representative of Philadelphia, only seems fair.)

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