Only two D.C. chefs secured nominations for this year’s James Beard Awards. Bread Furst‘s Mark Furstenberg is a finalist for Outstanding Baker, and Toki Underground‘s Erik Bruner-Yang is a contender for Rising Star Chef of the Year.
D.C. wasn’t very well represented among the finalists last year either. Of the 18 D.C.-area chefs and restaurants that made the long list in 2014, Rasika‘s Vikram Sunderam and Restaurant Eve‘s Cathal Armstrong were the only ones to be recognized as nominees. (Sunderam went on to win Best Chef in the Mid-Atlantic.)
Two Baltimore chefs—Woodberry Kitchen‘s Spike Gjerde and Charleston‘s Cindy Wolf—are nominees for Best Chef in the Mid-Atlantic this year, but nobody from D.C. made the cut.
For media awards, the Washington Post‘s M. Carrie Allan is nominated for a story in the “wine, spirits, and other beverages” category, and Tamar Haspel, also from the Post, is nominated for food-related columns.
Check out the full list of nominees on the James Beard website. The journalism and book winners will be recognized at an awards ceremony in New York on April 24; chef and restaurant awards will be announced at a gala in Chicago on May 4.
Photo of Mark Furstenberg by Darrow Montgomery