Head chef at Heirloom in Lewes is Delaware’s only James Beard semfinalist – WDEL 1150AM

Restaurant News

A downstate chef is once again a semifinalist for a renowned 2020 James Beard Award.

Matthew Kern, executive chef at Heirloom in Lewes, was nominated for the “Best Chef in the Mid-Atlantic” category for the second year in a row.


Widely considered the “Oscars of food,” the James Beard Awards, in their 30th year, celebrate, nurture, and honor chefs and other leaders making America’s food culture more delicious, diverse, and sustainable for everyone.

Kern is up against 19 others in the region, including Taylor Mason, head chef at Luca in Lancaster, Pennsylvania and Joey Baldino, head chef at Zepolli in Collingswood, New Jersey. Philadelphia chefs Nicholas Elmi of Laurel, Rich Landeau of Vedge, and Cristina Martinez of South Philly Barbacoa were also among the nominees in the region.  

Last year, Bardea Food & Drink in Wilmington was a semifinalist for Best New Restaurant; the Italian eatery did not get a nod this year. 

The only “local” restaurant nominated in that category this year was Kalaya, a Thai restaurant in Philadelphia.  

Marc Vetri, chef at Vetri Cucina, one of Philadelphia’s most expensive restaurants, was named a semifinalist in the “Outstanding Chef” category while Philadelphia’s Jesse Ito, head chef at Japanese pub Royal Izakaya was a semifinalist in the “Rising Star Chef” category.

Also in Philadelphia, Le Caveau was a semifinalist in the “Outstanding Wine Program” while Tova du Plessis of Essen Bakery is a semifinalist for “Outstanding Baker.”

Final nominees will be announced on March 25, 2020, in Philadelphia.

Source: Thanks https://www.wdel.com/news/head-chef-at-heirloom-in-lewes-is-delaware-s-only/article_6648e8b4-596e-11ea-b11f-8b655a4f23f0.html