Philly Shut Out at the James Beard Awards

Ellen Yin, Alex Bois, Eli Kulp and Marisa Kulp | Photo via Fork

Ellen Yin, Alex Bois, Eli Kulp and Marisa Kulp | Photo via Fork

The James Beard Awards were held in Chicago last night and Philadelphia will have to stick with boasting about Michael Solomonov and Steve Cook’s double victory at last week’s James Beard Awards for Broadcast and Journalism. Solomonov did not win for Outstanding Chef and the other Philadelphia’s chefs and restaurateurs up for awards were shut out.

On the other hand it was quite the victory to see chef Eli Kulp and the Fork/High Street team at the awards. Kulp was paralyzed in last year’s Amtrak 188 accident but was in Chicago and looking dapper for the awards ceremony.

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Michael Solomonov Is a James Beard Finalist for Outstanding Chef

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Michael Solomonov: Nominated for Outstanding Chef 2016

Today, the James Beard Foundation announced the finalists for its 2016 awards. Zahav chef and owner Michael Solomonov is a finalist for Outstanding Chef and his cookbook, Zahav: A World of Israeli Cooking was also nominated in the International Cookbook category.

Three Philadelphia chefs made it through to the finals for Best Chef Mid-Atlantic. They were Eli Kulp, ForkRich Landau, Vedge;  and Greg Vernick, Vernick Food + Drink.

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Do They Offer A Nobel Prize For Sandwiches?

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So for those of you who don’t know, Ellen Yin, Eli Kulp and the crew from Fork/High Street On Market recently expanded with a New York City location called High Street On Hudson. Well, lately this little Philly export has been killing it in the big city, racking up awards so fast (and in such profusion) that short of a Nobel or, like, a leftover Grammy or something, I’m pretty sure there’s no more praise for it to win.

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Eli Kulp Interviewed by People

Eli Kulp, left, photographed by Gene Smirnov before the accident. The accident, right, shot by AP.

Eli Kulp, left, photographed by Gene Smirnov before the accident. The accident, right, shot by AP.

Eli Kulp, the Fork and High Street on Market executive chef who was left paralyzed in the Amtrak 188 crash in May, is back home in New York City and gives an interview to People regarding the struggle to come to terms with what the accident took from him.

Star Chef Eli Kulp Opens Up About His Battle to Rebuild His Life After Being Left Paralyzed in Deadly Amtrak Derailment [People]

Eli Kulp Plans to Open NYC Eatery in Fall

Eli Kulp, left, photographed by Gene Smirnov before the accident. The accident, right, shot by AP.

Eli Kulp, left, photographed by Gene Smirnov before the accident. The accident, right, shot by AP.

Eli Kulp, the chef in injured in the deadly Amtrak accident in Philadelphia, still plans to open a New York eatery this fall — even though the accident left him paralyzed.

“My dream was to come from the West Coast, learn how to cook in New York and to eventually have a restaurant in New York,” he told the New York Post. “That dream has come true. Obviously it’s coming to fruition in a different way than expected.” Read more »

Eli Kulp Day Benefit

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We updated you on his medical status, and then we told you about the fundraiser campaign for Eli Kulp‘s medical expenses, so now here’s something a little more lighthearted going on for the chef, with tickets available now. This Thursday, July 16th, join High Street Hospitality Group at Fork; they are hosting a benefit evening to raise money and show support for Kulp as he continues his recovery.

And you’re invited to take part.

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Eli Kulp Update: Amtrak Discontinues Medical Aid, But Here’s What You Can Do To Help

Photo by Jim Graham

Photo by Jim Graham

As we all know, chef Eli Kulp of Fork, High Street on Market and the High Street Hospitality Group sustained serious injuries during the Amtrak derailment in May. After being rushed to surgery, it was announced that he’d suffered a spinal injury and that it would be a long road to recovery. Recent updates on the fundraising campaign page for Kulp reinforce this, explaining that the chef will remain in spinal rehab until the end of August, and enumerating the current out-of-pocket expenses his family is facing.

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Eli Kulp Benefit Dinner at Helm

helm-interior-940On Sunday, June 14th, Helm is hosting a benefit dinner for chef Eli Kulp who was seriously injured in last month’s Amtrak derailment. Helm’s Kevin D’Egidio and Michael Griffiths are hosting guest chefs Nick Elmi, Jon Nodler, Sam Kincaid, John Patterson, and Jon Cichon in a collaborative dinner that will benefit the Kulp Family Fund. The dinner is $125 per person and wine and beer will be provided. The dinner will be just one 7:30 pm seating at Helm.

Each chef is contributing one course. Wine is being donated by Wine Merchant, Artisan Cellars, and High Street Hospitality Group.

Reservations can be made directly to Helm’s email address, helmphilly@gmail.com. The communal dinner has one seating at 7:30 pm with up to 40 seats available.

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Eli Kulp Update: Spinal Cord Injury Will Require Months of Rehabilitation

Eli Kulp with Ellen Yin and Mayor Michael Nutter celebrating "Eli Kulp Day" in 2014.

Eli Kulp with Ellen Yin and Mayor Michael Nutter celebrating Kulp being named Best New Chef by Food & Wine.

In last week’s Amtrak train derailment we learned that chef Eli Kulp was seriously injured. Today we found out that Kulp suffered a severe spinal cord injury. Though he has already shown early signs of recovery, he will require months of rehabilitation.

Business partner Ellen Yin, who owns Fork and High Street on Market plus operates a.kitchen and a.bar, says “we are all standing behind Eli as he recuperates. Eli, his family and I thank all our friends, family and staff for their concern, love and support.  The restaurants are all busy with people wanting to let Eli know that they are thinking of him and that warms our hearts.”

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Eli Kulp Remains Hospitalized, Grateful for Support

Eli Kulp with Ellen Yin and Mayor Michael Nutter celebrating Kulp being named Best New Chef by Food & Wine.

Eli Kulp with Ellen Yin and Mayor Michael Nutter celebrating Kulp being named Best New Chef by Food & Wine.

According to the Philadelphia Business Journal, chef Eli Kulp remains hospitalized due to injuries he suffered in Tuesday night’s Amtrak derailment. The award winning chef and partner in Fork, High Street on Market and a.kitchen underwent surgery upon arrival at Aria Health-Torresdale on Tuesday.

Today, he was transferred to an undisclosed hospital where he will continue to be cared for.

In a release received by PBJ, Kulp said, “I am grateful for the amount of concern and support from my family, friends, and colleagues. I will continue to lean on your support in the weeks and months ahead as I work through recuperating from this injury.”

The type and severity of his injuries were not disclosed.

UPDATE: Kulp tweets »

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