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Two DC Chefs Win Big at the 2019 James Beard Awards - Source Washingtonian

Posted on May 07,2019
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Chef Kwame Onwuachi. Photo by Scott Suchman

Source Washingtonian

BY ANNA SPIEGEL


WASHINGTON, DC. - Two DC chefs won major accolades on Monday night at the 2019 James Beard Awards: Kith and Kin‘s Kwame Onwuachi, who was honored with Rising Star Chef, and Tom Cunanan of Bad Saint who took home the title of Best Chef: Mid-Atlantic.

Cunanan, a three-time Best Chef nominee, beat out several local contenders in the competitive category. (It was won last year by The Dabney‘s Jeremiah Langhorne). Fellow finalists included Centrolina chef/owner Amy Brandwein and Cindy Wolfe of Charleston Restaurant in Baltimore. In his acceptance speech, Cunanan said “Never in my wildest dreams did I think I’d be up here.” Still the Filipino-American chef, a first for the Mid-Atlantic category, is no stranger to accolades for his modern Filipino cooking. Cunanan worked his way up through DC kitchens like Vidalia and Ardeo Bardeo before opening Bad Saint in 2015, earning a number two Best New Restaurant in America from Bon Appetit.

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