Congratulations are in order for Jose Garces.
Nominated as a finalist in 2007, 2008 and again in 2009, Chef Garces finally takes home the prize as he was just named Best Chef Mid-Atlantic at the James Beard Awards.
Eater reports that Garces apparently did not make the trip up to New York for the ceremony/celebration. Which is not surprising. Philly Chefs have a habit of not attending. Marc Vetri was allegedly not in attendance when he won the very same award in 2005.
James Beard Foundation Awards [ Official Site ]
Garces Restaurant Group [ Official Site ]
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