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