The Washington Post

Several nominees in the media and book awards have local ties, as well.

The region has more than two dozen contenders for the awards, one of the most coveted honors in the restaurant industry.

The chef-owner of Rose's Luxury and Pineapple and Pearls was the only Washington local to take home an award Monday night.

Baker Mark Furstenberg and The Post's Tom Sietsema also received nominations. The winners will be announced May 2.

The next cut will take place when the short list of nominees is announced in March.

The Mid-Atlantic category is without a local nominee for the first time in more than 20 years.

The award is a first for Ashok Bajaj, who has been operating restaurants in Washington for 25 years.

Cathal Armstrong earns his eighth nod not long after retaking control of Restaurant Eve.

With his seventh straight James Beard nomination, Restaurant Eve's Cathal Armstrong is approaching Susan Lucci territory.