Philadelphia chefs, restaurants among James Beard Awards nominees

PHILADELPHIA (WPVI) -- It's known as the Oscars of the restaurant business. On Monday, the James Beard Foundation announced the list of nominees for the 2020 James Beard Awards.

They were supposed to be announced here in Philadelphia at the Barnes Foundation back in March, but they were postponed because of the COVID-19 pandemic.

On Monday, the announcement was made virtually with a kickoff message from Mayor Jim Kenney.

The mayor called them the backbone of our city.

These are the local elite finalists headed to the next round:

Best Chef Mid-Atlantic:



Nicholas Elmi, Laurel, Philadelphia
Rich Landau, Vedge, Philadelphia
Cristina Martinez, South Philly Barbacoa, Philadelphia

Outstanding Chef:



Marc Vetri, Vetri Cucina, Philadelphia

Best New Restaurant:



Kalaya, Philadelphia

View the full list of nominess HERE.



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