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D.C. walked away with four James Beard Award finalist nods this morning as the cream of the crop were announced in Philadelphia. The District dominated in the “Best Chef: Mid-Atlantic” category with three out of five chefs representing the home town.
They include Amy Brandwein from Centrolina, Tom Cunanan from Bad Saint, and Jeremiah Langhorne from The Dabney. Here’s who they’re up against:
Best Chef: Mid-Atlantic (D.C., DE, MD, NJ, PA, VA)
Amy Brandwein, Centrolina, Washington, D.C.
Tom Cunanan, Bad Saint, Washington, D.C.
Rich Landau, Vedge, Philadelphia
Jeremiah Langhorne, The Dabney, Washington, D.C.
Cindy Wolf, Charleston, Baltimore
Chef Kevin Tien got noticed for his work at Himitsu. He’s a finalist in the “Rising Star Chef of the Year” category. The award honors chefs under 30 who are likely to make a significant impact in the industry for years to come. Here’s who he’s up against:
Rising Star Chef of the Year
Camille Cogswell, Zahav, Philadelphia
Clare de Boer, King, NYC
Sarah Rinkavage, Marisol, Chicago
Miles Thompson, Michael’s, Santa Monica, CA
Kevin Tien, Himitsu, Washington, D.C.
After a strong showing in the semifinal round, D.C. was left out of some of the biggest awards including “Outstanding Restaurateur,” “Outstanding Restaurant,” “Best New Restaurant,” and “Outstanding Chef.”
Some of the semi-finalists included ChiKo, Del Mar, and Maydan for “Best New Restaurant” and Fabio Trabocchi and Vikram Sunderam for “Outstanding Chef.”
Winners will be announced on April 27.