Beard Award Finalists Announced

The nominees for the 2009 James Beard Foundation Awards were just announced. Representing the DC area are:

• Rising Star: Johnny Monis of Komi

• Best Chef Mid-Atlantic: Cathal Armstrong of Restaurant Eve and Eamonn's A Dublin Chipper, Peter Pastan of Obelisk and Vikram Sunderam
of Rasika

• Outstanding Chef: José Andrés of Minibar, Cafe Atlantico, Jaleo, Zaytinya, Oyamel and, perhaps most noteworthy for this year's awards, The Bazaar in LA, also nominated for Best New Restaurant.

The Washington Post
scored a nod for Newspaper Food Section, and Post food critic Tom Sietsema is nominated for two awards, Newspaper Feature About Restaurants or Chefs and Restaurant Reviews.

Check here soon for a full list, and congrats to the DC nominees!