James Beard Award for Chef Trabocchi

Wednesday, May 10, 2006

After losing last year to Philadelphia, the Washington area reclaimed the title "best chef mid-Atlantic" on Monday when Fabio Trabocchi was honored by the James Beard Foundation in New York. Trabocchi is executive chef of Maestro at the Ritz-Carlton, Tysons Corner.

Chefs Peter Pastan of Obelisk near Dupont Circle and Mark Furstenberg of Bread Line downtown were nominees.

Known for his edgy Italian cuisine, Trabocchi, 32, opened Maestro in 2001. He was nominated for best mid-Atlantic chef last year and for the Rising Star Chef in 2004.

Washington resident Joan Nathan won a Beard award for her book, "The New American Cooking" (Alfred A. Knopf).

More than 600 food and beverage professionals vote on the nominees and winners. Now in its 16th year, the awards recognize excellence in cookbooks, restaurants, chefs, broadcasting, print journalism, restaurant design and industry achievement.

-- Walter Nicholls

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