And the RAMMY Nominees Are…

The foodie awards season continues!

Yesterday, nominees for the restaurant world's top honors, the James Beard awards were announced (congrats Michel, Frank, RJ, and Cathal). And tonight the foodie award season continues, as WTOP's Bob Madigan just announced which chefs and restaurants are up for the 25th annual RAMMY awards, handed out by the Restaurant Association Metropolitan Washington. The theme of this year's awards gala, held at the Marriott Wardman Park on June 17, is "old Hollywood" (click here for a video recap of last year's rock n' roll-themed festivities, complete with pigs n' blankets, sunglasses-at-night-wearing chefs, and hip-shaking food bloggers). So who made the cut? Read on…

New Restaurant of the Year

BLT Steak 

Blue Duck Tavern

Farrah Olivia 



Fine Dining Restaurant of the Year




Restaurant Eve


Informal Dining Restaurant of the Year

Bangkok 54


Le Chaumiere



Chef of the Year

Cathal Armstrong, Restaurant Eve

Yannick Cam, Le Paradou

RJ Cooper, Vidalia

Robert Wiedmaier, Marcel's

Eric Ziebold, CityZen 

Pastry Chef of the Year

Naomi Gallego, PS7's

Huw Griffiths, Tabard Inn

Kate Jansen, Willow 

Steve Klc, ThinkFood Group

Tom Wellings, Maestro

Rising Culinary Star of the Year

Nathan Beauchamp, 1789 

Amy Brandwein, Bebo Trattoria

Tony Conte, The Oval Room 

Mark Hellyar, Blue Duck Tavern

Barton Seaver, Cafe Saint-Ex 

Wine and Beverage Program of the Year



Restaurant Eve

Taberna del Alabardero


Restaurant Manager of the Year

Christine de Clerfay, Oceanaire Seafood Room

Ellen Kassoff Gray, Equinox

Emily Jarmuth, Mie N Yu

Paul Kern, Charlie Palmer Steak

Paco Pena, Taberna del Alabardero 

Restaurant Employee of the Year

Jonathan Crayne, senior captain, Marcel's

Apolonario Flores, cook, Chef Geoff's 

Chris Kelley, lead bartender, Mie N Yu

Jennifer Roe, maitre d', DC Coast

Dave Vorhees, waiter, 2941

The public votes on the winners of the following awards. Cast your votes here.  

Neighborhood Gathering Place


Busboys & Poets

Hank's Oyster Bar



Hottest Bar Scene of the Year






Power Spot of the Year

Bistro Bis

Charlie Palmer Steak

Georgia Brown's

Oceanaire Seafood Room

The Oval Room









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Ann Limpert
Executive Food Editor/Critic

Ann Limpert joined Washingtonian in late 2003. She was previously an editorial assistant at Entertainment Weekly and a cook in New York restaurant kitchens, and she is a graduate of the Institute of Culinary Education. She lives in Logan Circle.