Bardea is a James Beard award semifinalist for best new restaurant, which is defined by the foundation as: A restaurant opened in 2018 which already demonstrates excellence in cuisine and hospitality, and that is likely to make a significant impact in years to come. Bardea Interior photo for Delaware Today by Joe Del Tufo

by Danielle Bouchat-Friedman

Over the course of their career, musicians may desire to be awarded with a Grammy, and actors/actresses may dream of winning an Emmy or an Oscar. In the food world, chefs and restaurateurs aspire to win a James Beard award, which recognizes culinary professionals for excellence and achievement in their fields.

The 2019 semifinalists—who were announced Feb. 27—represent a diverse collection of culinary talent including: best new restaurant, outstanding baker, outstanding bar program, outstanding chef, outstanding pastry chef, outstanding restaurant, outstanding restaurateur, outstanding service, outstanding wine program, outstanding wine, spirits or beer producer, rising star chef of the year and best chefs from ten different regions.

Wilmington’s Bardea Food + Drink is a semifinalist in the best new restaurant category. The Italian restaurant opened in September on Market Street and has been wowing its diners with its creative spin on Italian food.

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