D.C. restaurants nominated for 2017 James Beard Foundation Restaurant and Chef Awards

D.C. restaurant, Rasika, named one of the best in the U.S. by TripAdvisor in 2016 (Photo Courtesy of TripAdvisor)

A long list of D.C. restaurants and chefs have been nominated in the James Beard Foundation 2017 Restaurant and Chef Awards.

The James Beard Foundation (JBF) is a nonprofit organization that "celebrates, nurtures, and honors chefs and other leaders making America's food culture more delicious, diverse, and sustainable for everyone" according to their website.

View the list of the seminfinalists nominated in the District below.

Best New Restaurant

Pineapple and Pearls, Washington, D.C.

Sweet Home Café at the National Museum of African American History and Culture, Washington, D.C.

Outstanding Baker

Mark Furstenberg, Bread Furst, Washington, D.C.

Outstanding Bar Program

Columbia Room, Washington, D.C.

Outstanding Chef

Fabio Trabocchi, Fiola, Washington, D.C.

Eric Ziebold, Kinship, Washington, D.C.

Outstanding Restaurant

Rasika, Washington, D.C.

Outstanding Restaurateur

Ashok Bajaj, Knightsbridge Restaurant Group, Washington, D.C. (The Bombay Club, Rasika, The Oval Room, and others)

Outstanding Service

Fiola, Washington, D.C.

Marcel’s by Robert Wiedmaier, Washington, D.C.

Outstanding Wine Program

Komi, Washington, D.C.

Rising Star Chef of the Year

Kevin Tien, Himitsu, Washington, D.C.

Best Chef: Mid-Atlantic

Amy Brandwein, Centrolina, Washington, D.C.

Tom Cunanan, Bad Saint, Washington, D.C.

Mike Friedman, All-Purpose Pizzeria, Washington, D.C.

Seng Luangrath, Thip Khao, Washington, D.C.

Cedric Maupillier, Convivial, Washington, D.C.

Nobu Yamazaki, Sushi Taro, Washington, D.C.

JBF states the final nominees will be announced on March 15 in Los Angeles on Facebook Live and Twitter.

The James Beard Awards Gala will be held in Chicago on May 1.

View the full list of restaurants and chefs nominated nationwide here

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