Here Are the DC-Area Finalists for the 2018 James Beard Awards

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He has been nominated for the award four times in the past.

Madison chef Jonny Hunter from Forequarter restaurant on Johnson Street was nominated last month in the same "Best Chef: Midwest" category, but didn't advance to the final round.

The Deep Run resident, who hosts "A Chef's Life" on PBS, received a nomination for Outstanding Personality/Host and another for Video Webcast. New to the list are former "Top Chef" Tiffani Faison for her new Fenway restaurant Tiger Mama, and Tony Messina for Uni.

Media winners will be announced at an awards ceremony in New York City on April 27, and the restaurant winners will be announced in Chicago on May 7.

Outstanding Bar Program: Bar Agricole and Trick Dog, both in San Francisco, are finalists.

Just two local chefs-Brown and Jorge Guzman at Surly Brewer's Table-made the final cut past year. Chef George Mavrothalassitis was the last to claim an actual prize, a regional best chef award in 2003.

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A full list of the finalists across 60 categories can be found here.

This year's media and book award finalists were also announced today, and include a New Orleans nod.

After Underbelly chef-owner Chris Shepherd ended the city's 22-year long drought by winning the award in 2014, chefs Justin Yu (Oxheart, Theodore Rex) and Hugo Ortega followed in 2016 and 2017, respectively.

Brett Anderson's investigation of sexual harassment at the Besh Restaurant Group is a finalist for investigative journalism.

Best New Restaurant: The Charter Oak in St. Helena is vying for this title against two Southern California restaurants (Kismet in Los Angeles, Felix Trattoria in Venice), one Seattle one (JuneBaby) and one NY one (Empellon Midtown).

The nominees for the annual awards were announced on Wednesday.

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