Chef Peter Chang, who owns several Peter Chang restaurants in Virginia including one in Richmond, was named today as a finalist in the best chef Mid-Atlantic category for his work at his Arlington County restaurant, Peter Chang China Cafe.
This is the first time a chef with any Richmond connection has been named to the finalist round. Last year, Chang was named a semifinalist for his Richmond restaurant. This year, David Shannon, chef and owner of L’Opossum restaurant, was the only Richmond chef to be named a semifinalist.
The finalists were announced online today.
The James Beard Foundation’s annual restaurant and chef awards are widely considered to be the nation’s most prestigious restaurant industry and culinary awards.
The full list of finalists for best chef Mid-Atlantic (D.C., DE, MD, NJ, PA, VA) are:
Peter Chang, Peter Chang, Arlington, VA
Eli Kulp, Fork, Philadelphia
Rich Landau, Vedge, Philadelphia
Aaron Silverman, Rose's Luxury, Washington, D.C. Greg Vernick, Vernick Food & Drink, Philadelphia Cindy Wolf, Charleston, Baltimore