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The James Beard Foundation has announced its list of restaurant and chef award semifinalists for the 27th annual James Beard Foundation Awards. Selected from a list of over 24,000 online entries, the prestigious group of semifinalists in 21 categories represents a wide range of culinary talent, from exceptional chefs and dining destinations to the nation’s top wine and spirits professionals, best new restaurants, rising star chefs, pastry chefs and bakers. The Foundation will announce final nominees on March 15 and winners on April 25 and May 1. Washington, DC is all over this year’s list—see the full semifinalist list online at jamesbeard.org/awards and check out DC’s best and brightest below. Best New Restaurant Pineapple and Pearls, Washington, DC Outstanding Baker Mark Furstenberg, Bread Furst, Washington, DC Outstanding Bar Program Columbia Room, Washington, DC Outstanding Chef Fabio Trabocchi, Fiola, Washington, DC Eric Ziebold, Kinship, Washington, DC Outstanding Restaurant Jaleo, Washington, DC Rasika, Washington, DC Outstanding Restauranteur Ashok Bajaj, Knightsbridge Restaurant Group, Washington, DC (The Bombay Club, Rasika, The Oval Room, and others) Outstanding Service Fiola, Washington, DC Marcel’s by Robert Wiedmaier, Washington, DC Outstanding Wine Program Komi, Washington, DC Rising Star Chef Of The Year Kevin Tien, Himitsu, Washington, DC Best Chef: Mid-Atlantic Amy Brandwein, Centrolina, Washington, DC Tom Cunanan, Bad Saint, Washington, DC Mike Friedman, All-Purpose Pizzeria, Washington, DC Seng Luangrath, Thip Khao, Washington, DC Cedric Maupillier, Convivial, Washington, DC Nobu Yamazaki, Sushi Taro, Washington, DC