The Aaron Silverman victory lap continues.
Just a few weeks after being named one of Food & Wine's Best New Chefs for 2016, the chef-owner of Rose's Luxury and Pineapple and Pearls took home the title of Best Chef: Mid-Atlantic at Tuesday night's James Beard Awards in Chicago.
Silverman beat out two other area chefs for the award, Peter Chang (Peter Chang in Arlington) and Cindy Wolf (Charleston in Baltimore), in addition to Eli Kulp (Fork), Rich Landau (Vedge) and Greg Vernick (Vernick Food & Drink), all of Philadelphia.
Silverman's win was the only one for the local team. Mark Furstenberg of Bread Furst had been nominated for Outstanding Baker, and Sam Calagione of Dogfish Head Craft Brewery was also a finalist, for Outstanding Wine, Beer, or Spirits Professional.
At the James Beard Foundation's book, media and broadcast journalism awards in New York last week, Post food critic Tom Sietsema won the dining and travel category for his "America's Best Food Cities" series. Soon-to-depart Washingtonian food critic Todd Kliman won the MFK Fisher Distinguished Writing Award for "Pork Life," "an autobiography in seven meals" he wrote for Lucky Peach magazine.
Check out the full list of winners on the James Beard Foundation's site.