The James Beard Foundation has released its list of semifinalists for its 2015 James Beard Awards.

This is the "long list," from which the actual list of nominees will be created.

The nominees will be named March 24; on the same date, the Beard will announce other nominees, as well as the nominations for book, journalism, broadcast media, and restaurant design awards. The awards gala will be held May 4 in Chicago, while the book, journalism, broadcast media, and restaurant design awards will be doled out in New York on April 24.

There are few surprises among the Philadelphians. Ellen Yin's Fork empire, which includes High Street on Market and a.kitchen, dominate, as does Marc Vetri and Jeff Benjamin's Vetri Family.

Best New Restaurant (among 25 semifinalists nationally)

Abe Fisher (the Steve Cook-Michael Solomonov nod to foods inspired by the Jewish diaspora)

Townsend (Townsend "Tod" Wentz's French-inspired atelier on East Passyunk Avenue).

Outstanding Baker

Andre Chin and Amanda Eap of Artisan Boulanger Patissier in South Philadelphia

Outstanding Bar Program

The Franklin Mortgage & Investment Co., Philadelphia

Outstanding Chef

Michael Solomonov (for Zahav)
Marc Vetri (for Vetri)

Outstanding Pastry Chef

Kate Jacoby (for Vedge)

Outstanding Restaurant

Fork, Philadelphia

Outstanding Restaurateur

Tom Baron and Bill Fuller of Pittsburgh's Big Burrito Restaurant Group (which owns Mad Mex)

Stephen Starr of Starr Restaurant Group (The Dandelion, Talula's Garden, Serpico, and others)

Outstanding Wine, Beer, or Spirits Professional

Sam Calagione, Dogfish Head Craft Brewery, Milton, DE

Tom Peters, Monk's Café

Steve Wildy, Vetri Family 

Rising Star of the Year

Alex Bois, the baker at High Street on Market

Jon Nodler, chef de cuisine at a.kitchen

Best Chef: Mid-Atlantic

Scott Anderson, Elements, Princeton, NJ

Joey Baldino, Zeppoli, Collingswood, NJ

Pierre Calmels, Bibou

Hari Cameron, A(MUSE.), Rehoboth Beach, DE

Lee Chizmar, Bolete, Bethlehem

Joe Cicala, Le Virtù

Nicholas Elmi, Laurel

Rich Landau, Vedge

Konstantinos Pitsillides, Kanella

Greg Vernick, Vernick Food & Drink