“While everybody’s listening to me, both Del Campo and Taco Bamba are hiring,” Chef Victor Albisu snuck into his acceptance speech upon winning Sunday night’s coveted Chef of the Year honor at the Restaurant Association Metropolitan Washington’s annual RAMMY awards at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center. And then he won the Best Grandson award for thanking both cuban grandparents in sentimental style.
Albisu, top foodservice industry colleagues, and their foodie fans, had a night of fun celebrating the 33rd Annual RAMMY Awards (and some fascinating news about Greenhouse, a truly innovative foodservice/business district concept dropped by Duke Ziebert Award winner Herb Miller, more on that later)….
Now you have a tough decision to make: Where to make reservations first?!
Restaurant Employee of the Year: Evan Labb, Evening Star Cafe
Restaurant Manager of the Year: Joseph Cerione, Blue Duck Tavern
Rising Culinary Star of the Year: George Pagonis, Kapnos
Service Program of the Year: Marcel’s by Robert Wiedmaier
Regional Food and Beverage Producer of the Year: Catoctin Creek Distilling Company
Favorite Gathering Place: Bar Pilar
Upscale Casual Brunch: Le Diplomate
Everyday Casual Brunch: The Daily Dish
Favorite Fast Bites: Pete’s New Haven Style Apizza
Upscale Casual Restaurant: Mintwood Place
Everyday Casual Restaurant: DGS Delicatessen
Beer Program of the Year: Pizzeria Paradiso, Georgetown
Cocktail Program of the Year: Bourbon Steak
Wine Program of the Year: Iron Gate
Pastry Chef of the Year: Agnes Chin, The Grill Room
Formal Fine Dining Restaurant: The Restaurant at Patowmack Farm
New Restaurant of the Year: Fiola Mare
Restaurateur of the Year: José Andrés and Rob Wilder, ThinkFoodGroup
Chef of the Year: Victor Albisu, Del Campo and Taco Bamba