Here are the 2022 RAMMY Award winners

RAMMYS returns in pre-pandemic format, bringing local restaurant industry together

The Restaurant Association of Metropolitan Washington (RAMW) celebrated local restaurant industry professionals Sunday, July 24 with the RAMMY Awards. The DMV food scene’s brightest were honored on stage, receiving their awards. It was the first time they were able to gather in regular fashion after a modified event in 2021 and virtual-only events in 2020.

Some of the categories were based on pandemic-era aspects of running a restaurant. These were held over from the previous year. Another pandemic era change—publicly-voted categories open to any foodservice region, not just RAMW members—was also held over.

“I think about a brutal, brutal, what feels like 10 years in the last two-and-a-half years,” said Scott Drewno, co-recipient of the Restaurateur of the Year Award. “…our community continues to answer the call…I’m so privileged to be here with so many people that have so much passion, they are so fierce about what we do. And so fierce about what we put on the plate, what we put in our drinks, about the hospitality we give, but we’re equally as fierce about fighting to stop hate. And we’re going to continue to fight….”

Drewno spoke of how the food, beverage and hospitality community rallies around the fight for equality and for underprivileged groups in our local community and globally on a year-round basis. They’re doing so with the same zeal they have for hospitality.


Here are the 2022 RAMMYS winners of their respective categories:

  • Rising Culinary Star of the Year: Christian Irabien, Muchas Gracias
  • Pastry Chef of the Year: Francois Yann Buisine, Un je ne sais Quoi
  • Joan Hisaoka Allied Member of the Year: Congressional Seafood
  • Employee of the Year: Herman Machado, The Salt Line – Navy Yard
  • Manager of the Year: Robert Heim, Shaw’s Tavern
  • Service Program of the Year: Tail Up Goat
  • Splendid Holidays at Home: Unconventional Diner (public voting)
  • Hottest Sandwich Spot: Mangialardo’s (public voting)
  • Favorite Gathering Place of the Year: Casta’s Rum Bar (public voting)
  • Favorite Fast Bites: Little Miner Taco (public voting)
  • Outstanding Pop-Up Concept: Bun Papa (public voting)
  • Standout Family Meal Packages To Go: 2 Fifty Texas BBQ (public voting)
  • Best Brunch of the Year: A&J Restaurant (public voting)
  • Upscale Casual Restaurant of the Year: Albi
  • Casual Restaurant of the Year: Ruthie’s All-Day
  • Wine Program of the Year: Queen’s English
  • Cocktail Program of the Year: Serenata
  • Beer Program of the Year: Quarry House Tavern
  • Chef of the Year: Rob Rubba, Oyster Oyster
  • Formal Fine Dining Restaurant of the Year: Cranes
  • New Restaurant of the Year: Daru
  • Restaurateur of the Year: Scott Drewno and Danny Lee, The Fried Rice Collective

And here are the 2022 Honorary Milestone RAMMY Award recipients, celebrating their longevity in the Metropolitan Washington region:

  • 1789 and The Tombs (60 years)
  • Anthony’s Restaurant (50 years)
  • Bombay Bistro (30 years)
  • Duangrat’s (35 years)
  • El Tamarindo (40 years)
  • Franklins (30 years)
  • La Côte d’Or Café (30 years)
  • Mike’s American (35 years)
  • Tabard Inn (100 years)

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