Philly’s James Beard Award Winners

Philly restaurants and some of the chefs that make them great were well represented by the James Beard Awards.

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Koo Zee Doo, of Northern Liberties racked up the honors. They were recognized for Best New Restaurant and chef David Gilberg received awards for Best Chef in the Mid-Atlantic and Rising Star Chef. Koo Zee Doo's pastry chef, Carla Goncalves, was also honored with the aptly Outstanding Pastry Chef award.
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Blackfish restaurant in Conshohocken's chef Chip Roman was named a Rising Star Chef.
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James Burke, chef at James Restaurant in Center City received the award as a Best Chef in the Mid-Atlantic region.
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Chef Jose Garces, Philly's own Iron Chef, received the award for Best New Restaurant for Chifa, which features Peruvian and Cantonese fusion cuisine.
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Chef Konstantinos Pitsillides was named a Best Chef in the Mid-Atlantic region for his restaurant Kanella, a must visit for Greek-Cypriot food.
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The Starr Restaurant Group, parent company of Philly favorites like Buddakan, Continental and Alma de Cuba was honored with the Outstanding Restaurant Award.
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Jeff Michaud, chef at Osteria, the Tuscan inspired restaurant in Fairmount, was named one of the Best Chefs in the Mid-Atlantic region.
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Michael Solomonov, executive chef at Zahav in Society Hill, was named a Best Chef in the Mid-Atlantic region.
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Terence Feury was named a Best Chef of the Mid-Atlantic region as well. His restaurant, Fork in Old City, features a bistro menu.
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The Fountain Restaurant at the Four Seasons was honored with the Outstanding Service Award. (They also serve some tasty food.)
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