About John Patterson and Fork...Under Chef John Patterson, Fork was elevated to the rarefied ranks of “Four Bells: Superior” restaurants thanks to a recent re-review from The Philadelphia Inquirer’s Craig LaBan. “It never ceases to amaze me how deftly Fork defies conventional expectations...[it] is infinitely more surprising, sophisticated, and relevant than the pleasant bistro Ellen Yin cofounded in 1997...Fork has matured into one of the most compellingly evolved special-occasion dining experiences in Philadelphia today,” he wrote. The restaurant was a semi-finalist for the James Beard Award for “Outstanding Restaurant” in 2014, 2015 and 2016. Philadelphia magazine gushed over Fork’s “old-school excellence,” and in 2015, Co-Owner Eli Kulp was named Eater Philadelphia’s Chef of the Year. In 2014, he and Pastry Chef Samantha Kincaid were named among Food & Wine’s “Best New Chefs” and “Best New Pastry Chefs,” making Fork the only restaurant in the country to boast winners in both categories.
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