James Beard Finalists Announced

The James Beard Foundation has whittled down its long list to the final nominees for the prestigious awards. DC has several contenders to cheer on, including Fabio Trabocchi's Fiola, which is nominated as Best New Restaurant in the country.

And the region nabbed four of the five spots for Best Chef Mid-Atlantic, better than in years past. 

Representing DC ...

Best New Restaurant

Best Chef Mid-Atlantic
Cathal Armstrong, Restaurant Eve
Johnny Monis, Komi
Peter Pastan, Obelisk
Vikram Sunderam, Rasika

In the journalism awards, Washingtonian's Todd Kliman is up for the M.F.K. Fisher Distinguished Writing Award for his work in Lucky Peach, chef David Chang's quarterly pub.

Congrats to the nominees, and listen out May 7 when the winners are announced.