March 18th, 2013 - 11:33 am

Spike Gjerde Named James Beard Finalist

Photo: Woodberry Kitchen Facebook

Spike Gjerde, chef/co-owner of Woodberry Kitchen, is one of five James Beard Foundation finalists in the Best Chef: Mid-Atlantic category. Cindy Wolf of Charleston, who was a semifinalist in the category, did not make it to the finals, which were announced today.

While Spike was nominated, his restaurant Woodberry Kitchen, a semifinalist in the Outstanding Bar Program, did not make the finalists' cut. Neither did semifinalist Charleston for the Outstanding Wine Program.

Pabu at Four Seasons Hotel Baltimore, a semifinalist for Best New Restaurant, also was not picked as a finalist.

Still, congratulations are in order for all the restaurants and chef Cindy Wolf. It's a prestigious honor to be chosen in the first round of semifinals.

Spike joins an impressive list of Best Chef: Mid-Atlantic finalist nominees: Cathal Armstrong, Restaurant Eve, Alexandria, VA; Johnny Monis, Komi, Washington, D.C.; Brad Spence, Amis, Philadelphia; and Vikram Sunderam, Rasika, Washington, D.C.

For a complete list of restautant and chef finalists, visit the James Beard Foundation website.

The winners will be revealed on May 6 at an awards ceremony in New York City.

Good luck, Spike. 

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