Jun 10, 2024 - Food and Drink

Philadelphia chef up for a James Beard Award tonight

Animated illustration of salt and pepper shakers posing on a red carpet as cameras flash.

Illustration: Brendan Lynch/Axios

Philly is riding with one finalist in the 33rd annual James Beard Awards tonight.

Why it matters: It's Oscars night for the culinary world.

Zoom in: Everyone is pulling for Jesse Ito of Royal Izakaya for best chef in the Mid-Atlantic region.

  • He was one of only of six semifinalists left standing after the list got narrowed in April.

Yes, but: Muhammad Abdul-Hadi of Down North Pizza and Christa Barfield of FarmerJawn won leadership awards.

  • You can catch them on the red carpet, where our colleagues at Axios Chicago will broadcast live.

Watch on Instagram Live, starting at 5pm ET. And check in with Axios Philly tonight online and in tomorrow's newsletter as we announce the results.

Here's how the months-long awards process works:

Infographic of the James Beard Awards process. The steps are an open call for recommendations, determining semifinalists, determining nominees and announcing winners at the James Beard Restaurant and Chef Awards.
Graphic: Lindsey Bailey/Axios

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