Vikram Sunderam Wins the James Beard Foundation’s Best Chef Mid-Atlantic Award

The Rasika toque takes home a big prize.
Chef Vikram Sunderam, winner of the 2014 James Beard Foundation Award for Best Chef Mid-Atlantic, is behind the modern Indian dishes at Rasika/Rasika West End. Photograph by Scott Suchman.

The James Beard Awards, one of the most prestigious ceremonies in the food world, went down on Monday in New York City, with a local chef taking home a coveted title. Vikram Sunderam, the longtime Rasika/Rasika West End toque, claimed the prize for Best Chef Mid-Atlantic. Sunderam beat out other area finalists for the accolade, including Restaurant Eve’s Cathal Armstrong and Baltimore chefs Spike Gjerde (Woodberry Kitchen) and Cindy Wolf (Charleston). A full list of winners can be seen here.

This isn’t Sunderam’s first time at the Beards. The Mumbai, India-born toque was also a finalist in 2009, 2012, and 2013 (Komi’s Johnny Monis took home the win last year). Armstrong has been a Best Chef Mid-Atlantic finalist for the past eight years running.

In the Broadcast and New Media, Book, and Journalism awards held Friday, Washingtonian’s Taste section was recognized as a finalist for Food Coverage in a General-Interest Publication. The Wall Street Journal won the category. 

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