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James Beard Awards, NJ's 2012 Nominees

February 22, 2012 07:02 PM ET | Eric Levin | Permanent Link

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This year's James Beard Foundation Awards, the most prestigious in the world of food and wine, will be given out May 4 and May 7. The process starts with a first round of nominees. On the list from NJ, several familiar names and, in the category of Best New Restaurant, Zeppoli in Collingswood...

OUTSTANDING RESTAURATEUR:

Stephen Starr (Based in Philadelphia, where he has numerous establishments, Starr also owns restaurants in New York City and Florida and Continental and Buddakan in Atlantic City)

BEST CHEF: MID-ATLANTIC

Andrew Araneo, Drew's Bayshore Bistro, Keyport

Michael Krikorian, Copper Canyon, Atlantic Highlands (a first-time nominee)

Maricel Presilla, Cucharamama, Hoboken (Presilla also owns Zafra restaurant and Ultramarinos, a specilaty Latin American food and cooking store, both in Hoboken.)

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Tags: Atlantic City | Krikorian, Michael | Highlands | Starr, Stephen | Keyport | Araneo, Andrew | Presilla, Maricel | Hoboken