CHICAGO — Just as Hollywood celebrates the movie biz with the Academy Awards and Golden Globes, the restaurant world honors its own with the James Beard Awards.
Monday night, the red carpet is rolled out at the Civic Opera House in Chicago, and a who’s who of food strolls inside.
Philadelphia again has a slate of contenders, including Marc Vetri for chef, Zahav for restaurant, Ellen Yin for restaurateur, Jesse Ito for rising star chef, and Rich Landau and Cristina Martinez for chef/Mid-Atlantic.
Here are the Philadelphians in the mix:
As for buzz: I’m hearing plenty around Zahav, as it’s ridden a wave of Israeli love, thanks to Solomonov’s high profile, and around Martinez, as the Beard voters have put social activism as top of mind. She and husband Ben Miller work for the rights of undocumented immigrants (she is one herself), and she was featured on the Netflix series Ugly Delicious and Chefs’ Table.