Philly Reps Hard with Multiple James Beard Media Finalists; Not So Much In Restaurant and Chef Categories

Bringing home the gold.

Though some early reports had Philly mostly shut out of this years James Beard Awards, its actually looking like there are more than a few local finalists to get behind, and root for. Of course Marc Vetri is a finalist for Outstanding Service at his eponymous restaurant, and is more than deserving of a win in that category, as is his partner and protege, Brad Spence, who received a nod today for Best Chef Mid-Atlantic for his outstanding work at Amis. Another no-brainer is Delawares Sam Calagione, whos in the running for Outstanding Wine, Spirits, or Beer Professional with his Dogfish Head Craft Brewery. Still, whats interesting is, for what our region failed to rack up in the Restaurant and Chef categories, we made up for in media. Local journalists and broadcasters were named in four of those divisions. Keep reading to see whos in the running, and for what.

Health and Well-Being
Aliza Green
Washington Post
The Gloves Can Come Off, as Far as Im Concerned

Personal Essay
Joy Manning
Table Matters
The Swedish Chef

Radio Show/Audio Webcast
Host: Lari Robling
Producer: Lari Robling

Television Segment
Friday Arts, Art of Food
Network: WHYY TV
Producer: Monica Rogozinski

Congratulations are in order for all the finalists. The James Beard Foundation will announce winners on May 3 for media awards, and May 6 for Restaurants and Chefs.

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2013 James Beard Media Award Finalists Announced