James Beard finalists in DC


Who says DC isn’t a foodie city? Ok a lot of people but it’s getting better, really! The James Beard Foundation seems to think so, because several DC establishments and chefs have been nominated for their 2012 Restaurant and Chef awards. In case you don’t know of the awards, they’re basically the Oscars of food. Here’s the full list of nominees nationwide.

Here’s the list of DC nominees according to eater.com:

Best New Restaurant: Fiola, Little Serow
Outstanding Bar Program: Columbia Room, PX
Outstanding Chef: Frank Ruta (Palena)
Outstanding Pastry Chef: Tiffany MacIsaac (Birch & Barley)
Outstanding Restaurant: Marcel’s
Outstanding Restaurateur: Ashok Bajaj (Knightsbridge Restaurant Group)
Outstanding Service: Restaurant Eve
Outstanding Wine Program: CityZen, Restaurant Eve
Outstanding Wine & Spirits Professional: Greg Engert (Neighborhood Restaurant Group)
Best Chef: Mid-Atlantic: Cathal Armstrong (Restaurant Eve), Tony Conte (The Oval Room), Scott Drewno (The Source), Johnny Monis (Komi), Peter Pastan (Obelisk), Vikram Sunderam (Rasika), Bryan Voltaggio (Volt)

Troy Petenbrink

Troy, also known as The Gay Traveler, is a well known travel and food writer. His has been a regular contributor to a variety of outlets including National Geographic, Travel Channel, DCRefined, CBS Local, and Metro Weekly. He also appears on local Washington news outlets as a travel expert.

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