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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...
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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