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Aaron Silverman is one of Food & Wine’s Best New Chefs

Aaron Silverman can add another honor to his collection. (Dixie D. Vereen for The Washington Post)

Food & Wine today announced its crop of Best New Chefs for 2016, and D.C. can claim one of them.

Aaron Silverman.

Yes, even though Silverman opened Rose's Luxury in late 2013 -- and in 2014 won Best New Restaurant from Bon Appetit -- he's still considered a newbie under the Food & Wine criteria. The rule is that eligible chefs must have been "in charge of a kitchen for five years or fewer." (His prix-fixe Pineapple and Pearl debuts Thursday.)

"I can't believe it. It's amazing," Silverman said by e-mail. "I've always been so inspired and awed by the chefs that get that honor, I can't believe I'm actually one of them."

Silverman is one of 11 honorees this year, culled from nominations submitted by "restaurant critics, food writers and other experts around the country." Food & Wine editors travel to taste the chefs' food as well. Previous honorees include some of the biggest names in the food world: Daniel Boulud, Thomas Keller, April Bloomfield, Tom Colicchio, David Chang and others.

You can read about the rest of the winners on the Food & Wine site here. They'll also be highlighted in the July issue of Food & Wine, as well as at the Food & Wine Classic in Aspen, Colo., in June.

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Pineapple and Pearls will open April 7 with dinner priced at $250 per person