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When making weekend dinner reservations, you will want to consider the Washington restaurants, bars and chefs named today as semifinalists for the 2014 James Beard Foundation Restaurant and Chef Awards.
More than 40,000 nominations were considered for this top dining honor. Washington received a nod in all but one of the national categories, and the region boasts seven of the Mid-Atlantic’s 20 Best Chef nominees.
This is the first year the foundation has named a semifinalist list. Finalist for these prestigious awards will be named in March. Winners will be announced in May.
The list of Washington area restaurants, bars and chefs are below. You can see the full list of nominees here.
Best New Restaurant
Outstanding Bar Program
Outstanding Pastry Chef
Tiffany MacIsaac, Birch & Barley
Ashok Bajaj, Knightsbridge Restaurant Group
Outstanding Wine Program
Rising Star Chef of the Year
Marjorie Meek-Bradley, Ripple
Best Chef: Mid-Atlantic
Cathal Armstrong, Restaurant Eve, Alexandria, Va.
Anthony Chittum, Iron Gate
Spike Gjerde, Woodberry Kitchen, Baltimore
Haidar Karoum, Proof
Cedric Maupillier, Mintwood Place
Vikram Sunderam, Rasika
Cindy Wolf, Charleston, Baltimore