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These Philly Bars & Restaurateurs Scored 2017 James Beard Award Nominations

These Philly Bars & Restaurateurs Scored 2017 James Beard Award Nominations

Several Philadelphia bars and restaurants scored coveted James Beard Award nominations for the 2017 season, and while previous nominations have focused on just a few of Philly’s finest, this year, the city is well represented in several categories.

When it comes to bars and booze, Martha was nominated for Outstanding Bar Program, and Sam Calagione (of Dogfish Head Brewing) and Herman C. Mihalich and John S. Cooper (of Dad’s Hat Rye) are up for Outstanding Wine, Beer or Spirits Professional.

Notably, this year's awards include several female chefs and restauranteurs - while only two women have been recognized in both 2015 and 2016, this year's nominees include six women from the Philly restaurant scene.
 
The rest of the Philly nominations are below.

Best New Restaurant
Saté Kampar

Outstanding Baker
Tova du Plessis, Essen Bakery
Elizabeth Degener, Enfin Farms (Cape May, NJ)

Outstanding Bar Program
Martha

Outstanding Chef
Michael Solomonov

Outstanding Pastry Chef
Pat O’Malley, Hungry Pigeon

Outstanding Restaurant
Sagami, (Collingswood, NJ)

Outstanding Restaurateur
Stephen Starr, Starr Restaurants
Ellen Yin, High Street Hospitality Group

Outstanding Service
Zahav

Outstanding Wine, Beer, or Spirits Professional
Herman C. Mihalich and John S. Cooper, Dad’s Hat Pennsylvania Rye Whiskey (Bristol, PA)
Sam Calagione, Dogfish Head Craft Brewery (Milton, DE)

Rising Star Chef of the Year
Camille Cogswell, Zahav
Jesse Ito, Royal Izakaya

Best Chef: Mid-Atlantic
Nicholas Elmi, Laurel
Rich Landau, Vedge
Cristina Martinez and Benjamin Miller, South Philly Barbacoa
Greg Vernick, Vernick Food & Drink
Joey Baldino, Zeppoli
Scott Anderson, Elements, Princeton, NJ

Photo via Dad’s Hat Rye on Facebook 

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