Beard Awards: Five Jerseyans Nominated

The first-round nominations for the 2017 James Beard Restaurant & Chef Awards were announced this morning.

Finalists will be announced Wednesday, March 15; the awards ceremony is Monday, May 1, in Chicago.

Five New Jersey culinary notables are nominated. The three chefs have each been nominated at least once before:

Outstanding Restaurant:
Sagami, Collingswood (first-time nominee)

Best Chef/Mid-Atlantic Region:
Scott Anderson,
Elements, Princeton
Joey Baldino, Zeppoli, Collingswood
Dan Richer, Razza Pizza Artigianale, Jersey City

Outstanding Baker:
Elizabeth Degener, known as the Bread Lady of Cape May, from Enfin Farms, Cape May. (first-time nominee)

Also noteworthy for Jerseyeans: Chef Anthony Mangieri, whose nationally renowned Una Pizza Napoletana was born in Point Pleasant Beach, was nominated as Best Chef/West for his San Francisco incarnation of Una Pizza. We knew him when.

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