Here Are The SemiFinalists For The 2024 James Beard Award

Here Are The SemiFinalists  For The 2024 James Beard Award

The James Beard Award has announced the semifinalists for the 2024 awards, and DC is well represented by Chef Amy Brandwein of Centrolina, Chef Ashok Bajaj of Rasika and a number of local chefs.

Most notable is Chef  Ashok Bajaj  who is recognized not only for his culinary expertise but also for his success in the restaurant business. In addition to Rasika, he owns and operates several other restaurants in the Washington, D.C., area, each offering a unique dining experience.

Here are the semifinalists from DC:

Outstanding Chef

  • Michael Rafidi, Albi

Outstanding Restaurant

  • Pineapple & Pearls

Outstanding Restaurateur

  • Ashok Bajaj, Knightsbridge Restaurant Group
  • Hollis Wells Silverman, Eastern Point Collective

Emerging Chef

  • Masako Morishita, Perry’s

Outstanding Bakery

  • Pluma by Bluebird Bakery

Outstanding Pastry Chef or Baker

  • Susan Bae, Moon Rabbit

Outstanding Hospitality

  • Fiola

Outstanding Wine and Other Beverages Program

  • Tail Up Goat

Outstanding Bar

  • Service Bar

Best Chef: Mid-Atlantic

  • Keem Hughley, Bronze
  • Esther Lee, Obelisk
  • Angel Barreto, Anju
  • Amy Brandwein, Centrolina
  • Tony Conte, Inferno Pizzeria Napoletana
  • Yuan Tang, Rooster & Owl
  • Kevin Tien, Moon Rabbit

The final ceremony will take place in Chicago on June 10th .

The James Beard Award, often regarded as the highest honor in the culinary industry, serves as a testament to Rubba’s outstanding talent and contributions. This prestigious recognition not only celebrates his mastery of the culinary arts but also acknowledges his relentless pursuit of culinary innovation and his dedication to creating unforgettable dining experiences.


Courtesy – James Beard Foundation