The Washington, D. C. area received a great deal of recognition in the 2003 award nominations. Fabio Trabocchi from Maestro at the Ritz Carlton in Tyson's Corner was one of five nominated for the national award, "Rising Star Chef of the Year." Anne Amernick of Palena, was nominated for the national award of pastry chef of the year. Additionally, Kinkead's sommelier was one of five nominated for the national award for "wine service of the year." Zatinya was one of five nominated nationally for the "best new restaurant of the year." (A Chow luncheon to celebrate this? What sayeth anyone?) All of these are major awards for the industry.
In the mid Atlantic region D. C. chefs and their restaurants swept Philadelphia, Baltimore and Richmond with four of the five nominations: Todd Gray from Equinox, Jose Andres from Jaleo, Peter Pastan from Obelisk and Ann Cashion for her Cashion's Eat Place.
Washington and its restaurants have come of age.
(As an editorial aside, perhaps the Post will finally recognize this and allocate a respectable amount of space in its Wednesday food section again. Ours' is a city that can be proud of its food service industry and those who represent it. Perhaps our "hometown" paper, the Post, should give it the same recognition that the James Beard Foundation did this year.)