Virginia chefs, restaurants receive national honors
Virginia restaurants and chefs have been named semifinalists in the James Beard Awards.
The James Beard Foundation, which annually recognizes the best restaurants and chefs in the U.S., released its first list in the awards process on Wednesday.
The semifinalist list will be culled to a group of finalists on March 27, and the award winners will be announced on May 6 in Chicago.
Six people and two restaurants in Virginia were among those making the first cut in five categories. They are:
Evrim Dogu and Evin Dogu, Sub Rosa Bakery, Richmond
Mama J’s, Richmond
Peking Gourmet Inn, Falls Church
Outstanding Wine, Spirits, or Beer Producer
An Bui, Mekong and The Answer Brewpub, Richmond
Rutger de Vink, RdV Vineyards, Delaplane
Rising Star Chef of the Year
Ian Redshaw, Lampo Neapolitan Pizzeria, Charlottesville
Best Chef: Mid-Atlantic
Sandeep “Sunny” Baweja, Lehja, Richmond