6 ABC Action News – James Beard-nominated chef from South Philly Barbacoa focuses on feeding the needy


PHILADELPHIA (WPVI) — Since it opened in 2018, South Philly Barbacoa quickly became a Philly foodie favorite.

It’s award-winning chef, owner, Cristina Martinez, is now up for her second James Beard Award.

At the core of her recipe for recovery? Charity.

Martinez and her husband call all of the recognition “beautiful” and they are grateful.

Right now though, they say the most important recognition comes from the people they’re cooking for.

That includes their loyal fans and hundreds of hungry people all around the city.

“We live and breathe in this restaurant and it’s an expression of ourselves,” says Martinez’s husband, Ben Miller.

See the full report here on 6 ABC by Alicia Vitarelli.