Today is the day, folks! The day we found out which of the 22 locals from the James Beard Foundation Awards shortlist would be venturing on to the next round. Of the 22 local establishments represented on the JBF semifinalist list, ranging from seasoned restaurateurs to rising stars and pastry chefs, only five continue on to the next round.
Best Chef: Mid-Atlantic
Amy Brandwein, Centrolina
Tom Cunanan, Bad Saint
Outstanding Pastry Chef
Pichet Ong, Brothers and Sisters
Rising Star Chef of the Year
Kwame Onwuachi, Kith and Kin
We've also got to give a big shout out to our journalism colleagues who were recognized for their work as media award nominees. Bonnie Berkowitz, Seth Blanchard, Aaron Steckelberg and Monica Ulmanu of the graphics department for the Washington Post were collectively nominated in the Innovative Storytelling category for "What's in a food truck?" Maura Judkis also from the Post is a nominee in the Personal Essay (Short Form) category for “Doritos is Developing Lady-Friendly Chips Because You Should Never Hear a Woman Crunch." Judkis took home the award last year in the humor category for "Pumpkin Spice Life." Winners of the James Beard Media Awards will be announced on Friday, April 26.
The winners for the restaurant and chef awards will be revealed at the JBF Awards Gala in Chicago on May 6, hosted by Jesse Tyler Ferguson. The Lifetime Achievement Award will also be presented at the gala to five-time James Beard Award winner chef Patrick O’Connell of The Inn at Little Washington. Annie’s Paramount Steakhouse, owned by Paul Katinas, will also be honored at the gala with an America’s Classics Award.
Let's keep our fingers crossed and root hard for the home team here guys!
You can see the full list of finalists here.