DC-Area Semifinalists Named for James Beard Awards

February 19, 2014
by Rina Rapuano

The James Beard Foundation live-streamed the list of Restaurant and Chef Award Semifinalists announced today, and several DC restaurants and chefs have been singled out for excellence. The list of finalists will be announced March 18, and the winners will be revealed May 2. Here’s the full list of local restaurant-industry folks who may have a tough time sleeping until then:

Best New Restaurant

Rose’s Luxury

Outstanding Bar Program

Columbia Room inside the Passenger
Rogue 24

Outstanding Pastry Chef

Tiffany MacIsaac, Birch & Barley (and other Neighborhood Restaurant Group spots)

Outstanding Restaurant


Outstanding Restaurateur

Ashok Bajaj, Knightsbridge Restaurant Group (Bombay Club, The Oval Room, Rasika and others)

Outstanding Service


Outstanding Wine Program

CityZen at Mandarin Oriental

Outstanding Wine, Spirits or Beer Professional

Luca Paschina, Barboursville Vineyards, Barboursville, VA

Rising Star Chef of the Year

Marjorie Meek-Bradley, Ripple

Best Chef: Mid-Atlantic

Cathal Armstrong, Restaurant Eve, Alexandria, VA
Anthony Chittum, Iron Gate
Spike Gjerde, Woodberry Kitchen, Baltimore
Haidar Karoum, Proof
Tarver King, The Restaurant at Patowmack Farm, Lovettsville, VA
Cedric Maupillier, Mintwood Place
Vikram Sunderam, Rasika
Angelo Vangelopoulos, The Ivy Inn Restaurant, Charlottesville, VA
Cindy Wolf, Charleston, Baltimore

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