Baltimore fared well. Pabu was nominated as Best New Restaurant. Chefs Cindy Wolf of Charleston and Spike Gjerde of Woodberry Kitchen got nods in the Best Chef: Mid-Atlantic category.
Charleston was also cited for its Outstanding Wine Program, and Woodberry Kitchen was nominated for its Outstanding Bar Program.
The annual James Beard Foundation Awards for restaurant and chef award semifinalists were announced today. Congratulations to our nominees.
New restaurant Pabu, pictured, joins an impressive list of contenders, including Grace in Chicago and Ox in Portland, OR.
The restaurant at the Four Seasons Hotel Baltimore in Harbor East opened in May last year. It's a collaboration of celebrated chef Michael Mina and noted sushi chef Ken Tominaga. Executive chef Jonah Kim leads the kitchen.
It's received lots of local praise, including being selected one of Washingtonian's best restaurants. I was happy with my meal there, too. You can read my review here. Also, look for our soon-to-be-released March "Best Restaurants" issue.
The seminfinalists' list is lengthy and will be whittled down to five finalists in each category on March 18.
The winners will be revealed on May 6 at an awards ceremony in New York.
Photo courtesy of Pabu's Facebook page.