Some old names and a few newer ones from the region appear on the James Beard Foundation’s so-called “long list" of semifinalists for the 2020 James Beard Awards, announced today.

The nominees for the Beards, widely regarded as the Oscars of the restaurant business, will be announced on March 25 during a breakfast at the Barnes Foundation in Philadelphia. Awards will be handed out May 4 in Chicago.

Further, the foundation will stop in Philadelphia on April 14 with a Taste America dinner at Spice Finch restaurant. It will feature chef/owners Jennifer Carroll and Billy Riddle as well as guest chef Vishwesh Bhatt of Snackbar in Oxford, Miss.

The Philadelphia-area semifinalists are:

Marc Vetri at Fiorella, his new pasta counter in South Philadelphia.
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Marc Vetri at Fiorella, his new pasta counter in South Philadelphia.

Marc Vetri (Vetri Cucina and the new Fiorella) for outstanding chef. In this category, he was a nominee in 2014, 2015, and 2019, and made the semifinals in 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2013, and 2016. His book Mastering Pasta was a nominee in 2016. He also won the award for best chef, Mid-Atlantic in 2005 after two years as a nominee.

Chef Lee Chizmar and wife Erin Shea, owners of Bolete, probably Bethlehem's best.
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Chef Lee Chizmar and wife Erin Shea, owners of Bolete, probably Bethlehem's best.

Bolete Chef Lee Chizmar and wife Erin Shea’s Fork-ish American restaurant in Bethlehem — for outstanding restaurant. It was a nominee in 2019, and Chizmar was a semifinalist in the best chef, Mid-Atlantic category in 2015.

Caroline "Cookie" Till of Steve & Cookie's with one of her signature pies.
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Caroline "Cookie" Till of Steve & Cookie's with one of her signature pies.

Cookie Till (Steve & Cookie’s of Margate) for outstanding restaurateur. This is her first brush with the Beards. (Also on the restaurateur list are Mike and Jeff Mastro from Steak 48, opening at Broad and Spruce Streets this spring.)

Chef, Jesse Ito prepares a smoked Ora King salmon at the Royal Izakaya/Sushi in South Philadelphia.
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Chef, Jesse Ito prepares a smoked Ora King salmon at the Royal Izakaya/Sushi in South Philadelphia.

Jesse Ito (Royal Sushi) for rising star chef. He was a finalist in 2019, after being a semifinalist in 2017 and 2018.

Chef and co-owner Nok Suntaranon hands off an order to the waitstaff, if the kitchen at Kalaya Authentic Thai Kitchen 764 S 9th St., July 17, 2019.
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Chef and co-owner Nok Suntaranon hands off an order to the waitstaff, if the kitchen at Kalaya Authentic Thai Kitchen 764 S 9th St., July 17, 2019.

Kalaya Chef Chutatip “Nok” Suntaranon’s Thai BYOB in South Philadelphia, and Craig LaBan’s 2019 restaurant of the year, for best new restaurant.

Tova du Plessis at a table at Essen Bakery, 1437 E. Passyunk Ave.
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Tova du Plessis at a table at Essen Bakery, 1437 E. Passyunk Ave.

Tova du Plessis (Essen Bakery) for outstanding baker. She made the semifinalist cut in 2017, 2018, and 2019.

St. Oner's Jean Broillet IV (left) with chef Bill Braun at St. Oner's, a Fishtown bar-restaurant.
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St. Oner's Jean Broillet IV (left) with chef Bill Braun at St. Oner's, a Fishtown bar-restaurant.

Jean Broillet IV (Tired Hands) for outstanding wine, beer, spirits producer. This is his first Beard experience as a soloist. Tired Hands was a semifinalist in 2016 for outstanding bar program.

The bar at Le Caveau.
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The bar at Le Caveau.

Le Caveau The French bar upstairs from Good King Tavern in Bella Vista, opened in October 2019, for outstanding wine program.

The Horse Inn The Lancaster restaurant is up for outstanding bar program.

Rich Landau (Vedge, V Street), Nicholas Elmi (Laurel, ITV, Royal Boucherie), Joey Baldino (Zeppoli), and Cristina Martinez (South Philly Barbacoa) for best chef, Mid-Atlantic. Landau and Elmi have been in the hunt since 2014, Baldino since 2012, and Martinez since 2017. Also: Taylor Mason of Luca in Lancaster.

Article updated to add Tired Hands’ 2016 nomination.