James Beard Awards Nominees Revealed

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Nominees for the 2008 James Beard Awards, often referred to as the ‘Oscars of the food industry’, were announced today. Here are the local connections:

Restaurateur of the Year: Stephen Starr

Best Chef, Mid-Atlantic: Alison Barshak (Alison at Blue Bell), Jim Burke (James), Jose Garces (Amada), Matthew Levin (Lacroix), Daniel Stern (Rae)

Outstanding Pastry Chef: Kate Honeyman (Continental Mid-Town)

Rising Star Chef of the Year: Jeff Michaud (Osteria), Chip Roman (Blackfish), Michael Solomonov (Marigold Kitchen)

Outstanding Chef: Marc Vetri (Vetri)

Outstanding Service: Vetri

Best New Restaurant: Osteria, Tinto, Xochitl

They also give out awards to food writers, which we would undoubtedly win if we could afford the $100 entry fee.

Beard Nominees Sent to Judges [Grub Street]

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  • Buckethead

    Xochitl? Really? I mean, it’s not bad, but best new restaurant in the country it ain’t.

  • SWK

    Also: the outstanding pastry chef is from Continental Midtown? Huh?

  • http://foobooz Ange

    Vetri and Osteria may be the best Italian restaurants in Philadelphia, but what do Philadelphians know? They’ve been eating “Cherry Hill” Italian food for generations. Neither would last six months in New York–James Beard is rolling over in his grave.

  • rory

    hey ange, you should talk to mario batali and frank bruno, then, about what good italian restaurants are like.

  • http://www.sodiumascorbate.org Alyssa Thompson

    i always love italian food, they are really tasty like indian foods.;;;