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RAMMYS Celebrates DC Hospitality: Todd Gray Named 2011 Chef of the Year

RAMMY 2 The Restaurant Association Metropolitan Washington presented tonight their top honors, the RAMMYS to its members: the darlings of the ever expanding Washington dining scene. The 2011 RAMMYS were held at the Marriott Wardman Park.

On to the winners: The Source by Wolfgang Puck received the Fine Dining Restaurant of the Year award and Todd Gray of Equinox and the newly opened Watershed  is the 2011 Chef of the Year. Washington's fab world food celeb Jose Andres had earlier been announced as the 2011 Duke Zeibert Capital Achievement winner.

In a tribute to the late public relations legend Joan Hisaoka, RAMW recognized the Ritz-Carlton, Washington as the fourth winner of the Joan Hisaoka Associate Member of the Year. Foodservice Monthly won the first Hisaoka award in 2008 that is given annually to the member who best exemplifies commitment to and support of RAMW.

In awards recognizing the often unheralded professionals who make the dining experience special, RAMW honored its Manager of the Year, Hans Olson (GM of Clyde's Reston) and the Employee of the Year, Ryme Lansari, server for Cafe Atlantico/minibar by Jose Andres.

RECAP RAMMY WINNERS:

Chef of the Year: Todd Gray, Equinox/Watershed

Fine Dining Restaurant of the Year: The Source by Wolfgang Puck

New Restaurant of the Year: Estadio

Upscale Casual Restaurant of the Year: Tabard inn

Pastry Chef of the Year: Tiffany Macisaac, Neighborhood Restaurant Group

Wine Program: Taberna del Alabardero, Gustavo Iniesta

Beverage/Mixology Program: Founding Farmers

Rising Culinary Star: Kyle Bailey, Birch & Barley

Restaurant Manager of the Year: Hans Olson, General Manager, Clyde's Reston

Restaurant Employee of the Year:  Ryme Lansari, server Cafe Atlantico/minibar by Jose Andres

Joan Hisaoka Associate Member: Ritz-Carlton, Washington DC

Neighborhood Gathering Place: Ted's Bulletin

Hottest Restaurant Bar Scene: Chef Geoff's Tyson Corner

Power Spot: Carmine's

Public Favorite Restaurant: Carmine's

WHERE MAGAZINE Visitors’ Choice Award: Old Ebbitt Grill

foto: Scott Drewno, The Source; Councilmember Jack Evans; Lynne Breaux, RAMW; Todd Gray, Equinox

About the Author

Michael Birchenall is Editor and Publisher of Foodservice Monthly, a regional trade publication covering the foodservice industry of the Mid-Atlantic (DE, DC, MD, VA). Foodservice Monthly has been recognized as the Restaurant Association of Maryland's Allied Industry Member of the Year and by the Restaurant Association Metropolitan Washington as the Joan Hisaoka Associate Member of the Year.

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