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Marc Vetri, Vedge Among Philadelphia's Semifinalists for the 2015 James Beard Awards

Twenty-one local restaurants and chefs have made the long list.

The 2015 James Beard Foundation Award semifinalists were announced earlier today, and the following Philadelphia-area chefs and restaurants have made the cut.

  • Abe Fisher (Best New Restaurant)
  • Townsend (Best New Restaurant)
  • Andre Chin and Amanda Eap, Artisan Boulanger Patissier (Outstanding Baker)
  • The Franklin Mortgage & Investment Co. (Outstanding Bar Program)
  • Michael Solomonov, Zahav (Outstanding Chef)
  • Marc Vetri, Vetri (Outstanding Chef)
  • Kate Jacoby, Vedge (Outstanding Pastry Chef)
  • Fork (Outstanding Restaurant)
  • Stephen Starr, Starr Restaurants (Outstanding Restaurateur)
  • Tom Peters, Monk's Café (Outstanding Wine, Beer, or Spirits Professional)
  • Steve Wildy, Vetri Family (Outstanding Wine, Beer, or Spirits Professional)
  • Alex Bois, High Street on Market (Rising Star of the Year)
  • Jon Nodler, (Rising Star of the Year)
  • Pierre Calmels, Bibou (Best Chef: Mid-Atlantic)
  • Lee Chizmar, Bolete, Bethlehem PA (Best Chef: Mid-Atlantic)
  • Joe Cicala, Le Virtù (Best Chef: Mid-Atlantic)
  • Joey Baldino, Zeppoli, Collingswood NJ (Best Chef: Mid-Atlantic)
  • Nicholas Elmi, Laurel (Best Chef: Mid-Atlantic)
  • Rich Landau, Vedge (Best Chef: Mid-Atlantic)
  • Konstantinos Pitsillides, Kanella (Best Chef: Mid-Atlantic)
  • Greg Vernick, Vernick Food & Drink (Best Chef: Mid-Atlantic)
Final nominees will be announced on Tuesday, March 24, and the winners will be revealed and honored at the annual awards gala in Chicago on Monday, May 4. The complete list of semifinalists can be viewed at Eater National.