Out of a pack of 20 James Beard Awards semifinalists for Best Chef: Mid-Atlantic, Baltimore chefs Spike Gjerde and Cindy Wolf made it to the final five. The winner will be announced on May 5 in New York.
Both chefs have been nominated in the past. Spike—who owns Woodberry Kitchen, Artifact Coffee, Shoo-Fly Diner, and the soon-to-open Parts & Labor with his wife Amy, was a finalist last year.
Cindy, who has headed the kitchen at Charleston since 1997 and is a major player in the Foreman Wolf restaurant group, has been a finalist twice.
The other chef finalists in the Mid-Atlantic category are: Cathal Armstrong of Restaurant Eve in Alexandria, VA; Brad Spence of Amis in Philadelphia, and Vikram Sunderam of Rasika in D.C.
The James Beard finalists were announced this morning from Chicago. Hopefully, the announcer will get Spike's last name correct if he wins in May. This guy pronounced it "Gerd."
Congratulations to our chefs.