Rammy, Beard awards announced

March 22, 2011

Finalists for 2011 culinary awards were announced earlier this week.

On Monday, the James Beard Foundation of New York recognized chef-restaurateur Jose Andres as one of the nominees in its outstanding chef category. Washington area nominees for best chef in the mid-Atlantic are Cathal Armstrong of Restaurant Eve, Johnny Monis of Komi and Peter Pastan of Obelisk, along with Maricel Presilla of Cucharamama in Hoboken, N.J., and Michael Solomonov of Zahav in Philadelphia.

Andres was also the subject of a “60 Minutes” profile nominated for best television segment.

Sam Calagione of Dogfish Head Craft Brewery in Milton is a finalist for best wine and spirits professional.

For journalism, The Washington Post Food section earned a nod in the food section/general interest category, along with GQ and the San Francisco Chronicle; Food section staff writer Tim Carman was nominated for his columns and commentary at the Washington City Paper in 2010.

See a complete list of finalists for books, broadcast and journalism plus chefs and restaurants at www.jamesbeard.org.

On Tuesday, the Restaurant Association Metropolitan Washington awards, known as the Rammys, tapped Estadio, Kushi, Michel by Michel Richard, Pizzeria Orso and Ris as nominees for new restaurant of the year. For chef of the year: Bertrand Chemel of 2941; Todd Gray of Equinox; Haidar Karoum of Proof; Vikram Sunderam of Rasika; Bryan Voltaggio of Volt.

Beard winners will be announced in early May at ceremonies in New York. The Rammys will be celebrated June 26 at the Marriott Wardman Park Hotel. The public will decide the winners of four Rammys categories: neighborhood gathering place, hottest restaurant bar scene, power spot of the year and voters’ favorite. Beginning April 28, votes can be cast at www.ramw.org, where a full list of nominees will be posted.

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