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Who’s a Semifinalist for the James Beard Awards?

2009.05.04 JBF Awards

It’s that time of year again: The James Beard Foundation has announce the semifinalists for its annual awards recognizing the best chefs and restaurants in the country. The finalists will be announced on March 18, and the winners will be recognized May 5 in New York. Check out the locals who made the long-list below and a full list of semifinalists nationwide here.

Best New Restaurant

Rose’s Luxury

Best Chef: Mid-Atlantic

Anthony Chittum, Iron Gate

Haidar Karoum, Proof

Cedric Maupillier, Mintwood Place

Vikram Sunderam, Rasika

Cathal Armstrong, Restaurant Eve

Tarver King, The Restaurant at Patowmack Farm

Spike Gjerde, Woodberry Kitchen (Baltimore)

Outstanding Bar Program

Columbia Room

Rogue 24

Outstanding Pastry Chef

Tiffany MacIsaac, Birch & Barley

Outstanding Restaurant

Jaleo

Vidalia

Outstanding Restaurateur

Ashok Bajaj, Knightsbridge Restaurant Group (Bombay Club, Rasika, Oval Room, and others)

Outstanding Service

Komi

Marcel’s

Outstanding Wine Program

CityZen

Marcel’s

Rising Star Chef of the Year

Marjorie Meek-Bradley, Ripple

Photo via the James Beard Foundation

  • erik

    "Spike Gjerde, Woodberry Kitchen (Baltimore)"

    Congrats to Spike, but last time I checked, Baltimore is not local to DC, though it is closer than the Inn at Little Washington. Please stop expanding DC restaurant scene to include restaurants that are 40-90 miles away from DC.

  • johninnova

    Iron Gate......... really?? I have never had good food at any of the Neighborhood Restaurants Groups restaurants. They are more focused on alcohol.

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