The Rammy Awards

The RAMMY Awards recognize the D.C. area’s top culinary stars and restaurateurs. The silver anniversary RAMMY winners will be announced at the Restaurant Association Metropolitan Washington 25th Anniversary RAMMY Restaurant Awards Gala on Sunday, June 17 at the Marriott Wardman Park.

The 25th annual RAMMY finalists include:

New Restaurant of the Year

Blue Duck Tavern
PS 7’s Restaurant
BLT Steak
Farrah Olivia

Fine Dining Restaurant
of the Year
1789 Restaurant
Restaurant Eve

Informal Dining Restaurant of the Year

Bangkok 54
La Chaumiere
Tallula Restaurant

Chef of the Year
Cathal Armstrong, Restaurant Eve
Yannick Cam, Le Paradou
R.J. Cooper, Vidalia
Robert Wiedmaier, Marcel’s
Eric Ziebold, CityZen
Pastry Chef of the Year
Kate Jansen, Willow Restaurant
Steve Klc, ThinkFood Group
Naomi Gallego, PS 7’s Restaurant
Huw Griffiths, Tabard Inn
Tom Wellings, Maestro

Restaurant Employee of the Year
Chris Kelley, lead bartender, Mie N Yu
Dave Vorhees, waiter, 2941 Restaurant
Jonathan Crayne, senior captain, Marcel’s
Apolonario Flores, cook, Chef Geoff’s
 Jennifer Roe, maitre d’, DC Coast

Wine and Beverage Program of the Year
Michel Richard Citronelle
Restaurant Eve
2941 Restaurant
Taberna del Alabardero

Restaurant Manager of the Year
Ellen Kassoff Gray, Equinox
Emily Jarmuth, Mie N Yu
Paul (P.J.) Kern, Charlie Palmer Steak
Christine de Clerfay, The Oceanaire Seafood Room
Paco Pena, Taberna del Alabardero

Rising Culinary Star of the Year
Nathan Beauchamp, 1789 Restaurant
Amy Brandwein, Bebo Trattoria da Roberto Donna
Mark Hellyar, Blue Duck Tavern
Barton Seaver, Cafe Saint-Ex
Tony Conte, The Oval Room

The public will decide the winners in the following four award categories. Votes can be cast through a special ballot appearing online at

People’s Favorite
Open ballot

Neighborhood Gathering Place of the Year

Busboys & Poets
Hank’s Oyster Bar
Sonoma Restaurant and Wine Bar
Willow Restaurant

Hottest Bar Scene of the Year

Urbana Restaurant & Wine Bar
Power Spot of the Year
Bistro Bis
Charlie Palmer Steak
Georgia Brown’s
The Oceanaire Seafood Room
The Oval Room

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