Rammy Winners Announced

The DC restaurant scene's annual Rammy awards were announced tonight during a Carnevale themed shindig packed with more than 1,500 people at the Marriott Wardman Park.

The following Restaurant Association Metropolitan Washington awards were decided by an anonymous panel of food writers, educators and HR professionals:

• Best New Restaurant: Estadio

• Chef of the Year: Todd Gray of Equinox and Watershed

• Rising Culinary Star: Kyle Bailey of Birch and Barley

• Fine Dining Restaurant: The Source by Wolfgang Puck

• Upscale Casual Restaurant: Tabard Inn

• Pastry Chef: Tiffany MacIsaac of Neighborhood Restaurant Group (Birch and Barley, Buzz, etc.)

• Beverage/Mixology Program: Founding Farmers

• Wine Program: Taberna del Alabardero

• Restaurant Employee: Ryme Lansari, Cafe Atlantico

• Restaurant Manager: Hans Olson, Clyde's

The following awards were voted on by the public:

• Power Spot: Carmine's

• Neighborhood Gathering Place: Ted's Bulletin

• Hottest Restaurant Bar Scene: Chef Geoff's Tysons Corner

• Favorite Restaurant : Carmine's

All nominees are chosen by the anonymous panel of food writers, educators and HR professionals. For a full list of nominees, read this previous Metrocurean post.


Anonymous said...

Some thoughts:
* Todd Gray? I know he opened a new place this year....but didn't he have to revamp his menu within 2 weeks to normal breakfast fare? After the initial opening I don't remember hearing a single thing about the place. (What does it say that I had to google Todd Gray to come up with the name?)

*How does a place in Tysons beat out Estadio for bar scene? Place is consistently packed.

Fred said...

It is difficult to take seriously an award system that names Carmine's the top power spot and Chef Geoff's as hottest restaurant bar scene. Anyone with passing knowledge of the DC scene could name ten restaurants in each category that is far more deserving than those two.

Amanda @ Metrocurean said...

I've clarified the post to indicate which awards the judges decided and which ones the voting public chose. I hope that gives some context to your comments. And re: Todd Gray: I had a great meal at Watershed just the other week. He's a real pioneer of the local food movement in DC and deserving of the award in my opinion.

Susanna said...

Agree with the selection of Todd Gray as DC's Chef of the Year. Appalled by public's vote of Carmine's as Favorite Restaurant and Power Spot. Too many people have very pedestrian tastes. Just can't be taken seriously.

Anonymous said...

Anyone who doesn't know who Todd Gray is knows little about the food scene in DC, very deserving of this award. And I agree with Susanna, public's vote of Carmine's as Favorite Restaurant and Power Spot is simply revolting and cannot be taken seriously.

Anonymous said...

Todd Gray maybe deserved this award before, but he's resting on his laurels now. Went to Equinox just three weeks ago and it was one of the worst experiences I've ever had in DC. The service was unsophisticated, sloppy or nonexistent, the food lacked imagination and flavor, the kitchen couldn't get a medium rare steak right, none of the waiters knew anything about the cheese plate & the wine list was not up to date on 2 wines. We saw 2 other tables complaining about their experiences as well.