6 Philadelphia establishments, chefs nominated for James Beard Awards

PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — The national James Beard Award nominations were announced Wednesday, and Philadelphia was on the shortlist representing culinary excellence, vying for this award known as the Oscars of food awards. 

Cristina Martinez of South Philly Barbacoa had a genuine reaction when she learned she was nominated for a James Beard award in the category of best chef: Mid-Atlantic

“Excited, happy, really surprised. Thank you so much,” Martinez said. 

Related: Many Philly chefs, restaurants recognized by James Beard Foundation this week

Philadelphia’s vegan chef Rich Landau was also nominated in that category. 

Also representing Philadelphia is Ellen Yin for outstanding restaurateur, Marc Vetri for outstanding chef and Jesse Ito for rising star chef. 

The city’s popular Israeli restaurant Zahav also made the list for outstanding restaurant. 

The James Beard Gala Awards take place May 6 in Chicago. 

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