Looks like Maryland’s culinary stars are on the rise. The James Beard Foundation announced Baltimore chefs Spike Gjerde of Woodberry Kitchen and Cindy Wolf of Charleston and Frederick chef Bryan Voltaggio of Volt as Best Chef, Mid-Atlantic Semifinalists for its annual award. All three chefs have been nominated before.
Charleston received more recognition with two national nominations: one in the Outstanding Restaurant category and another in the Outstanding Wine Program category. It is the first time the restaurant, considered Baltimore’s finest, has received those nominations.
The James Beard Awards are the highest honor for food and beverage professionals working in North America. The Awards are presented each spring at Avery Fisher Hall at Lincoln Center. The winners will be announced May 7.
Check out the complete list of nominees, to see all the restaurants across the country that were nominated.