DC restaurants, bars, chefs on semifinalist list for 2014 James Beard Foundation awards


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2014_02_JBF Photo: James Beard Foundation

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

Rose’s Luxury

Outstanding Bar Program

Columbia Room inside the Passenger

Rogue 24

Outstanding Pastry Chef

Tiffany MacIsaac, Birch & Barley

Outstanding Restaurant



Outstanding Restaurateur

Ashok Bajaj, Knightsbridge Restaurant Group

Outstanding Service



Outstanding Wine Program

CityZen at Mandarin Oriental


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

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