2017 James Beard Foundation Awards Restaurant And Chef Semifinalists

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

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