2011 RAMMYS- Winners Announced!

Sunday night and yesterday morning the official RAMMY award winners from the Restaurant Association of Metropolitan Washington were announced. Most notably, Wolfgang Puck’s team took home the Best Fine Dining Restaurant for The Source and  José Andrés (who just received a James Beard award) took home the Duke Zeibert Capital Achievement Award, and Todd Gray won Best Chef for 2011. Todd Gray reportedly bet food writer David Hagedorn $100 that he would NOT win. Chef José Andrés gave a very inspirational speech, urging members of the the restaurant and food industries to use their power to influence policy:

“As chefs and especially as restaurant people, we cannot be silent anymore. Hunger is an issue. We cannot be silent. Obesity is an issue. We cannot be silent. We cannot be blaming others. We have to be looking within ourselves to see how we can be part of the solution. This is not small restaurant owners versus big agri-business. This is all of us working together to end hunger and make sure obesity isn’t going to be an issue in the years to come. So, we’re in Washington. We’re next to the most powerful people on earth. It’s our mission to talk to our mayor, our president, senators or congressmen to make sure those important issues are heard in the Congress.”

Congratulations to all the winners!

The 2011 RAMMY Award Winners:

Duke Zeibert Capital Achievement Award
José Andrés

Joan Hisaoka Associate Member– The Ritz-Carlton, Washington, DC

Neighborhood Gathering Place 
– Ted’s Bulletin, Washington, DC

Power Spot – Carmine’s, Washington, DC

Hottest Bar Scene– Chef Geoff’s – Tysons Corner, McLean, VA

Your Favorite Restaurant – Carmine’s, Washington, DC

Where Magazine Visitors’ Choice Award– Old Ebbitt Grill, Washington, DC

Restaurant Employee – Ryme Lansari – Café Atlantico/minibar, Washington, DC

Restaurant Manager – Hans Olson – Clyde’s of Reston, VA

Pastry Chef– Tiffany MacIssac – Neighborhood Restaurant Group, DC & VA

Upscale Casual Restaurant– Tabard Inn, Washington, DC

Rising Culinary Star- Kyle Bailey – Birch & Barley, Washington, DC

Best New Restaurant – Estadio, Washington, DC

Wine Program– Taberna del Alabardero, Washington, DC

Beverage/Mixology Program– Founding Farmers, Washington, DC

Fine Dining Restaurant The Source by Wolfgang Puck, Washington, DC

Chef of the YearTodd Gray – Equinox, Washington, DC