Credit: Jessica Sidman

The Source chef Scott Drewno won Chef of the Year at last night’s RAMMY Awards, but he also deserves the prize for speech of the night. With the Orlando attack lingering on everyone’s mind, Drewno centered his remarks around the accepting restaurant community, rather than accepting an award.

“People always ask me: Why are you in this industry? And the first thing I always say is, ‘Well, I like to drink, and all these people like to drink as much or more as I do,’” Drewno told the crowd, pointing to Del Campo chef Victor Albisu, last year’s Chef of the Year. “But I started to think about why am I really in this industry? And we’ve always been kind of the outcasts. We’re the ones with all the tattoos. We drink too much. We smoke too much. We have green hair… But the one thing that’s beautiful about us is our acceptance. It doesn’t matter where you come from, who you are, what color your hair is, [Sebastian Zutant, who was sporting green hair]. It doesn’t matter your sexual orientation, your religion. If you have passion, if you have heart, if you have desire, we welcome you on our team.” 

This year’s awards at the Washington Convention Center were full of emotional speeches. There were tears on stage from the team behind Northside Social, which won Favorite Gathering Place of the Year, and touching thank yous from The Source’s Jorge Martinez, who won Employee of the Year  “To my mother, she sent me to bed sometimes without food and let me know that tomorrow’s going to be another day,” Martinez said. “And this is another day.”

Meanwhile, Bob Kinkead received a standing ovation for winning the Duke Zeibert Capital Achievement Award, which is award to someone who has “increased the profile and success” of the D.C.-area food scene. “If one’s in this business for as long as I’ve been in, you’ll have incredible highs and soul crushing lows,” he said. “I’ve experienced all of that, but I’m still here.” 

Take a look at the full list of winners below. Most are picked by a panel of anonymous judges, but four categories are decided by the public. Keep in mind that restaurants must be members of the Restaurant Association Metropolitan Washington to even be considered for an award. That’s why you won’t see the likes of Komi and Rose’s Luxury represented. Opening up the awards to all is one of five changes we laid out last year to improve the RAMMYS; read the rest of our suggestions here

Favorite Gathering Place of the Year (publicly voted): This nominee is a restaurant rooted in its neighborhood where guests come to eat, drink, and get together with friends over and over again. The great atmosphere and good vibes are as important as the food and drink. The nominee must have been open for at least 5 years prior to December 1, 2015.

  • WINNER: Northside Social Coffee & Wine
  • 1905
  • ChurchKey
  • Martin’s Tavern
  • Room 11

Upscale Casual Brunch (publicly voted): The nominee is a restaurant that demonstrates a high standard of dining excellence and service for its brunch in an Upscale Casual environment. Brunch may be offered as full-service, buffet, or prix fixe. The nominee must have been in business a minimum of one year by December 1, 2015.

  • WINNER: Blue Duck Tavern
  • Fiola Mare
  • Kapnos by Mike Isabella
  • Osteria Morini
  • The Source by Wolfgang Puck

Everyday Casual Brunch (publicly voted): The nominee is a restaurant that demonstrates a dedication to dining excellence, service and value in a Casual environment for brunch. Brunch may be offered as full-service, buffet, or prix fixe. The nominee must have been in operation for a minimum of one year as of December 1, 2015.

  • WINNER: Duke’s Grocery
  • DGS Delicatessen – DC
  • Republic
  • Tico
  • Vinoteca

Favorite Fast Bites (publicly voted): This nominee is a delicatessen, quick-serve restaurant, mobile food vendor, or coffee shop (with food menu) that demonstrates a dedication to good food and good service in a fast-casual environment. The nominee must have been in operation for a minimum of one year as of December 1, 2015.

  • WINNER: Bub and Pop’s
  • Cava Grill – Chinatown
  • G by Mike Isabella
  • Red Apron Butcher – Union Market
  • Taco Bamba Taqueria – Falls Church

Cocktail Program of the Year: The establishment is distinguished by the quality, diversity, clarity and value of its craft cocktail program, evaluated separately from its beer, wine or other beverages. Nominees may be bars, restaurants, or any foodservice establishment with an exemplary cocktail program. The nominee continues to break new ground in education of its staff. The nominee must have been in operation for a minimum of one year as of December 1, 2015.

  • WINNER: 2 Birds 1 Stone
  • barmini by José Andrés
  • Del Campo
  • Kapnos by Mike Isabella
  • Tico

Beer Program of the Year: The establishment is distinguished by the quality, diversity, clarity and value of its beer program. Brewery restaurants and brew pubs are eligible for this category and will be judged based on the diversity and quality of their craft beer. The nominee continues to break new ground in education of its staff. The nominee must have been in operation for a minimum of one year as of December 1, 2015.

  • WINNER: Right Proper Brewing Company
  • The Arsenal at Bluejacket
  • Granville Moore’s
  • Jack Rose Dining Saloon
  • Republic

Wine Program of the Year: The establishment is distinguished by the quality, diversity, clarity and value of its wine program. The nominee’s wine program best suits the cuisine and style of the restaurant while enhancing the dining experience. Wine bars are eligible for this category and will be judged based on the diversity and quality of their offerings. The nominee continues to break new ground in education of its staff. The nominee must have been in operation for a minimum of one year as of December 1, 2015.

  • WINNER: The Red Hen
  • 2941 Restaurant
  • Bourbon Steak
  • Charlie Palmer Steak
  • Le Diplomate

Employee of the Year: The nominee is a non-managerial front or back of the house employee who serves as a model employee by displaying outstanding service, an excellent work ethic and a positive image.

  • WINNER: Jorge Martinez, The Source by Wolfgang Puck
  • Jim Mayo, PassionFish Reston
  • Aniko Olah, Martin’s Tavern
  • Yovani Peralta, B Too
  • Andrea Raiello, Water & Wall

Manager of the Year: The nominee is a non-owner manager or general manager in the food service industry who displays the highest level of professionalism and leadership. This person must be an inspiration and mentor to all his/her co-workers displaying outstanding service, an excellent work ethic and a positive image.

  • WINNER: Jennifer Lucy, Estadio
  • Carlos Fernandez, Best Buns Bread Company
  • Margarita Krivchikova, Belga Cafe
  • Sudhir Kumar, Indique
  • Atul Narain, Rasika

Service Program of the Year: This nominee is a restaurant that demonstrates a high standard of excellence in service across the restaurant – from the reservation process, to the host station, to every element of the dining experience. The nominee must have been in business a minimum of two years by December 1, 2015.

  • WINNER: Fiola
  • Bourbon Steak
  • Iron Gate
  • Rasika
  • The Source by Wolfgang Puck

Pastry Chef of the Year: The nominee is a restaurant pastry chef who prepares desserts and baked goods and demonstrates a high standard of excellence and culinary artistry. The nominee serves as an inspiration to other food professionals. The nominee must have been a pastry chef for the past five years with a minimum of two years based in the Metropolitan Washington area.

  • WINNER: Alex Levin, Osteria Morini
  • Jemil Gadea, Masseria by Nicholas Stefanelli
  • Eva Kronenburg, Convivial
  • Bridie McCulla, Northside Social, The Liberty Tavern, Lyon Hall
  • Tressa Wiles, Bayou Bakery

Rising Culinary Star of the Year: The nominee is an “up and coming” chef who demonstrates exemplary talent, shows leadership and promise for the future. The nominee must have been based in the Metropolitan Washington area for a minimum of two years.

  • WINNER: Jonah Kim, Yona
  • Erin Clarke, Casa Luca
  • Brad Deboy, Blue Duck Tavern
  • Piter and Handry Tjan, Sushiko
  • James Wozniuk, Maketto

Everyday Casual Dining Restaurant of the Year: The nominee is a restaurant that demonstrates a dedication to dining excellence, service and value in a casual environment. The nominee must have been in business a minimum of two years by December 1, 2015.

  • WINNER: Bar Pilar
  • Daikaya
  • The Fainting Goat
  • Pearl Dive Oyster Palace
  • Pizzeria Orso

Upscale Casual Restaurant of the Year: The nominee is a restaurant that demonstrates a high standard of dining excellence and service in an upscale casual environment. The nominee must have been in business a minimum of two years by December 1, 2015.

  • WINNER: Le Diplomate
  • Osteria Morini
  • Sushiko
  • The Red Hen
  • Zaytinya

New Restaurant of the Year: A restaurant that must have opened between December 1, 2014 and November 30, 2015 and already distinguishes itself as a pacesetter in food, beverage and service.

  • WINNER: Maketto
  • Centrolina
  • Clarity
  • Convivial
  • Masseria by Nicholas Stefanelli

Formal Fine Dining Restaurant of the Year: The nominee is a restaurant that demonstrates a high standard of excellence in food, service and atmosphere and shows dedication to sophisticated culinary techniques in a fine dining environment. The nominee must have been in business a minimum of two years by December 1, 2015.

  • WINNER: Marcel’s by Robert Wiedmaier
  • Iron Gate
  • Rasika
  • Restaurant Eve
  • Trummer’s on Main

Chef of the Year: The nominee is an executive chef or chef de cuisine who demonstrates consistent standards of culinary excellence. The nominee displays a dedication to the artistry of food and may be from any type of establishment. The nominee must have been a chef for the past five years with a minimum of two years based in the Metropolitan Washington area.

  • WINNER: Scott Drewno, The Source by Wolfgang Puck
  • Amy Brandwein, Centrolina
  • Erik Bruner-Yang, Toki Underground, Maketto
  • Tarver King, The Restaurant at Patowmack Farm
  • Cedric Maupillier, Mintwood Place, Convivial

Regional Food and Beverage Producer of the Year: This nominee is a food or beverage artisan who creates a product that is then utilized by chefs and restaurants. Nominees in this category may be cheese makers, coffee roasters, vintners, brewers, distillers, bread bakers, chocolatiers, honey producers, farmers, an ice cream/gelato company and many more. The nominee must have been in business a minimum of one year by December 1, 2015.

  • WINNER: Port City Brewing Company
  • DC Brau Brewing Company
  • Don Ciccio & Figli
  • Green Hat/New Columbia Distillers
  • One Eight Distilling

Restaurateur of the Year: The nominee must be a working restaurateur or restaurant group who sets high standards in restaurant operations and entrepreneurship. Candidates must have been in the restaurant business for a minimum of 5 years in the Metropolitan Washington area.

  • WINNER: Mike Isabella Concepts (Graffiato, Kapnos, G, Kapnos Taverna, Pepita, Yona, etc)
  • Cava Group (Cava Grill, Cava Mezze, Cava Foods, Sugo)
  • Gruppo FT Restaurants (Fiola, Fiola Mare, Casa Luca)
  • JL Restaurant Group  (Hank’s Oyster Bar, Hank’s Pasta Bar, The Twisted Horn)
  • Paul Ruppert, Warehouse Industries (Room 11, Crane & Turtle, Petworth Citizen, Slim’s Diner)

Joan Hisaoka Allied Member of the Year: Chosen by the RAMW Executive Committee and presented to an Allied member who best exemplifies commitment to and support of RAMW.

  • WINNER: Republic National Distributing Company
  • Acme Paper & Supply Company
  • Coastal Sunbelt Produce
  • Events DC
  • USI Insurance Services