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Damn. Aaron Silverman is on a roll. Add James Beard winner to his already long list of accolades. At last night’s awards ceremony in Chicago, the Rose’s Luxury owner was named Best Chef in the Mid-Atlantic—in his first year as a nominee in the category no less.
Silverman was the only D.C. chef to win in this year’s James Beard awards. (Critics Todd Kliman and Tom Sietsema took home prizes in the journalism categories last week.) At least it’s an improvement from last year when D.C. restaurants got zero love from the awards. This year, Peter Chang was also a finalist for best Mid-Atlantic chef and Bread Furst‘s Mark Furstenberg was nominated again for Outstanding Baker.
Silverman’s award comes hot off the heels of Food & Wine magazine naming him among the best new chefs in America, not to mention the opening of his new coffee bar/fine dining restaurant, Pineapple and Pearls. Read all about the restaurant in last week’s Y&H column.
Take a look at the full list of James Beard Award winners below:
Best Chef: Great Lakes Curtis Duffy, Grace, Chicago
Best Chef: Mid-Atlantic Aaron Silverman, Rose’s Luxury, Washington D.C.
Best Chef: Midwest Paul Berglund, The Bachelor Farmer, Minneapolis
Best Chef: New York City Jonathan Waxman, Barbuto
Best Chef: Northeast Zak Pelaccio, Fish & Game, Hudson, NY
Best Chef: Northwest Renee Erickson, The Whale Wins, Seattle
Best Chef: South Justin Devillier, La Petite Grocery, New Orleans
Best Chef: Southeast Tandy Wilson, City House, Nashville
Best Chef: Southwest Justin Yu, Oxheart, Houston
Best Chef: West Jon Shook and Vinny Dotolo, Animal, Los Angeles
Best New Restaurant Shaya, New Orleans
Oustanding Baker Joanne Chang, Flour Bakery + Café, Boston
Outstanding Bar Program Maison Premiere, Brooklyn, NY
Outstanding Chef Suzanne Goin, Lucques, Los Angeles
Outstanding Pastry Chef Dahlia Narvaez, Osteria Mozza, Los Angeles
Outstanding Restaurant Alinea, Chicago
Outstanding Restaurateur Ken Friedman, The Spotted Pig, The Breslin, Tosca Café, NYC
Outstanding Service Eleven Madison Park, NYC
Outstanding Wine Beer or Spirits Ron Cooper, Del Maguey Single Village Mezcal, Ranchos de Taos, NM
Outstanding Wine Program Bern’s Steakhouse, Tampa, FL
Rising Star Chef of the Year Daniela Soto-Innes, Cosme, NYC
Photo by Darrow Montgomery