Nominees Announced for Restaurant, Food Media Awards

Wednesday, March 25, 2009

It's awards season. This week, the James Beard Foundation, the Restaurant Association Metropolitan Washington and the International Association of Culinary Professionals announced nominees, and locals are among those honored in chef, restaurant, media and other industry categories.

In the Beard awards, José Andrés of Minibar was nominated for outstanding chef and also for best new restaurant for his latest venture, Bazaar by José Andrés, in Los Angeles. Johnny Monis of Komi was nominated for rising star. And three Washington chefs were among the nominees for best chef in the mid-Atlantic: Cathal Armstrong, Restaurant Eve; Peter Pastan, Obelisk; and Vikram Sunderam, Rasika.

The Washington Post won three nominations in the Beard Foundation's media awards: for best food section, and for restaurant criticism and feature writing about restaurants, both by critic Tom Sietsema.

No one restaurant led the pack in the 13 categories of the Restaurant Association Metropolitan Washington's RAMMYs. Candidates for best new restaurant are Adour, Art and Soul, CommonWealth, Cork and PassionFish. For rising culinary star, finalists are Cedric Maupillier, Central; Daniel Giusti, 1789; Mike Isabella, Zaytinya; Shannon Overmiller, Majestic Cafe; and Tony Chittum, Vermilion. For best chef, finalists are Jamie Leeds, CommonWealth and Hank's Oyster Bar; Todd Gray, Equinox; Massimo Fabri, Posto and Ristorante Tosca; Vikram Sunderam, Rasika; and Robert Wiedmaier, Marcel's, Brasserie Beck and Brabo.

The IACP chose L'Academie de Cuisine founder-director François Dionot as one of three finalists in the entrepreneur category.

For full lists of nominees, go to, and

The IACP will name its winners April 4, the Beard Foundation will announce its winners May 4 and the RAMMYs will be announced June 7.

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