D.C. chefs stand out on James Beard Award semifinalists list

Cedric Maupillier: semifinalist. (Scott Suchman / Mintwood Place)

This post has been updated. 

The 2013 James Beard Award semifinalists were announced earlier today, and Washington area chefs are out in force. Of the 20 potential nominees in the "Best Chef: Mid-Atlantic" category, more than a third are locals, including familiar names such as Johnny Monis, Cathal Armstrong and Vikram Sunderam. Also included: Cedric Maupillier, whose Mintwood Place is among the semifinalists in the "Best New Restaurant" category. All of the D.C. area figures are highlighted below; visit the James Beard Foundation Web site for a full list of semifinalists. The nominees for the 2013 James Beard Foundation Awards will  be announced on March 18.

>> Best New Restaurant:

Mintwood Place

>> Outstanding Bar Program

Restaurant Eve

>> Outstanding Pastry Chef

Tiffany MacIsaac, Birch & Barley

>> Outstanding Restaurant



>> Outstanding Restaurateur

Ashok Bajaj

>> Best Chef: Mid-Atlantic:

Cathal Armstrong, Restaurant Eve

Anthony Chittum, Vermilion

Tony Conte, The Oval Room

Scott Drewno, The Source

Cedric Maupillier, Mintwood Place

Johnny Monis, Komi

Vikram Sunderam, Rasika

A previous version of this post referred to the semifinalists as nominees. The James Beard Foundation Award nominees will be announced on March 18. 

Alex Baldinger is editor of the Going Out Guide blog, which covers food, drink, arts, music, events and other curiosities in the D.C. area. He is forever in search of a great sandwich.



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