This morning, the awards committee announced James Beard AWARD finalists as well as this year's cookbook and journalism awards.
Pittsburgh chefs who were semi-finalists did not make short lists. Among them, executive chef of Bar Marco
in the Strip District, Jamilka Borges
, had been nominated as one of the candidates for Rising Star of the Year. It was the second nomination for three restaurants/restaurateurs: Butcher and the Rye
, Downtown, for Outstanding Bar Program; Justin Severino
in Lawrenceville for Best Chef: Mid-Atlantic; and Bill Fuller
and Tom Baron
of Big Burrito Restaurant Group
for Outstanding Restaurateur.
In the past, Trevett Hooper
(Best Chef: Mid-Atlantic, 2013) of Legume
in Oakland, Kevin Sousa
(Best Chef: Mid-Atlantic 2012) of Salt of the Earth
in Garfield and Sonja Finn
(Rising Star, 2009 and 2010) of Dinette
in East Liberty also have been nominated among semi-finalists.
Among journalists, Suzanne Martinson
of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
won a James Beard for Newspaper Writing on Diet and Nutrition in 1998; Marlene Parrish
for the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
won in 2000 for Best Newspaper Series and was a nominee for the same category in 2002. The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
won Best Newspaper Section in 2005. Primanti Bros
. won in 2007 for America's Classics.
In more James Beard news, tomorrow evening at Heinz History Center in the Strip District, the James Beard Foundation will host the sold-out Celebrity Chef Tour, featuring Mr. Severino as the host. Joining him are Michael Solomonov of Zahav, Abe Fisher and other restaurants in Philadelphia; Jamie Bissonnette of Coppa in Boston as well as Toro in Boston and New York; Tarver King of Patowmack Farm in Lovettsville, Va.; Bryan Voltaggio of Volt and Family Meal in Frederick, Md., and Range in Washington, D.C., among other restaurants, along with as his pastry chef, Chris Ford.
Passed hors d'oeuvres were prepared by local chefs, including Ms. Borges, Mr. Deshantz, Mr. Hooper, Dennis Marron of the Commoner, Brian Pekarcik of Spoon and Grit & Grace and Derek Stevens of Eleven. Click here for the 2015 finalists.
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