Only February and it’s been a big year for the South Jersey canteen.

The two favorites of South Jersey are considered as one of the main culinary awards of the country – the James Byrd Prize.

It’s on your heels Karin’s place Camden won the America’s Classics Award from the Beard Foundation last week.

The semifinalists of the 2022 Restaurant and Chef Award were announced on Wednesday.

Tenth time charm for chefs Collingswood?

In the coveted category of “Best Mid-Atlantic Chef” Joey Baldina Tseppali in Collingswood received his 10th Beard nomination.

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The award is given to chefs who “make an effort to help create a sustainable work culture in their regions”.

Baldina, owner / chef of Zeppoli and Palizzi Social Club in South Philly, has been recognized by high standards in his culinary skills and leadership abilities.

Chef and owner Joey Baldina works in his kitchen at Zeppoli in Collingswood.

Baldina opened Zeppoli on Collings Ave and received his first nomination for James Byrd that year. The intimate restaurant BYOB for 35 seats was recognized as the best new restaurant in the Mid-Atlantic region.

Since then, Baldin has been a semi-finalist nine times, he has been considered every year, but the main regional victory has eluded him.

In 2020, he told the Courier-Post that, no matter how good the victory, being nominated is enough honor.

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