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The James Beard Foundation has released its massive list of semi-finalists [PDF] in the restaurant and chef categories, and the D.C. area has plenty of contenders. So far, at least.
It’s a bit early to get too pump over this list, which was whittled down from more than 15,000 entries. At present, many of the categories boast 20 or more semi-finalists, but by March 23, each will be pared down to five. The winners will be honored on May 4 at the Lincoln Center in New York City.
With that said, D.C. was well represented among the semi-finalists. Young & Hungry sends out a hearty congratulations for those local chefs and restaurants that made the cut. They include:
Ashok Bajaj, The Oval Room, The Bombay Club, Ardeo, Bardeo, 701, and Rasika.
José Andrés, Minibar
BEST NEW RESTAURANT
The Bazaar by José Andrés at SLS Hotel at Beverly Hills, Los Angeles
RISING STAR CHEF OF THE YEAR
Johnny Monis, Komi
OUTSTANDING WINE AND SPIRITS PROFESSIONAL
Todd Thrasher, Restaurant Eve
BEST CHEF: MID-ATLANTIC
Cathal Armstrong, Restaurant Eve
Anthony Chittum, Vermilion
Haidar Karoum, Proof
Peter Pastan, Obelisk
Tom Power, Corduroy
Vikram Sunderam, Rasika
Cindy Wolf, Charleston, Baltimore
Photo by Darrow Montgomery