Today, D.C. restaurants are one step closer to the big reveal of the James Beard Foundation Award winners, as the finalists were announced at a breakfast in Los Angeles. While 21 locals were among the semifinalists, ranging from esteemed bakers to rising stars and outstanding beverage directors, only five continue on to the next round.
The winners will be revealed at the JBF Awards Gala on May 1 in Chicago, so let's keep our fingers crossed and root hard for the home team here guys! Take a look below to see what locals are still in the running.
Best New Restaurant
Pineapple and Pearls
Mark Furstenberg, Bread Furst
Best Chef: Mid-Atlantic
Amy Brandwein, Centrolina
Tom Cunanan, Bad Saint
Cindy Wolf, Charleston (in Baltimore)
If Pineapple and Pearls takes the crown for Best New Restaurant, owner Aaron Silverman would have back-to-back JBF Awards to his name, as he won Best Chef: Mid-Atlantic in 2016 for Rose's Luxury. Mark Furstenberg has also been a nominee in the Outstanding Baker category three years in a row. Amy Brandwein and Tom Cunanan beat out four other D.C. chefs who were semifinalists in the same category.
Nora Pouillon, retiring owner of Restaurant Nora, will also be accepting a Lifetime Achievement Award at the gala in May.
You can see the full list of finalists here.