Washington DC Chef News

Hotel Madera remodels, Firefly ups its game

Neighborhood gem in DC shines after renovations

Hotel Madera, nestled in the Dupont Circle neighborhood of Washington DC, recently underwent extensive renovation and modernization that was completed in February 2021. The hotel building, at 1310 New Hampshire Ave NW, was originally an apartment complex before it was transformed in the 1990’s. Then, five years after its debut, the beloved neighborhood restaurant Firefly opened its doors inside the hotel.

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The 2022 Capital Food Fight by DC Central Kitchen arrives April 7

2022 Capital Food Fight returns in-person chef competition in April

Chefs from Cranes, Leni, Oohh’s & Aahh’s, The Point DC to compete head to head

The 2022 Capital Food Fight by DC Central Kitchen returns the celebratory in-person chef competition to The Anthem in DC in just a few weeks. According to the host, VIP tickets for the April 7th event are sold out, but general admission tickets remain available. The Capital Food Fight dates back to 2004 when DC Central Kitchen Board Chair Emeritus José Andrés hosted it; the event is a popular spring competition between high-profile chefs.

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Chef Mike Cordero and the Taco Rock Team opened their third Taco Rock in the DMV region in Falls Church, VA

Third DMV Taco Rock location opens on West Broad Street in Falls Church

New Taco Rock in Virginia features outdoor patio, newly-erected elements of design

Chef Mike Cordero and the Taco Rock Team opened their third Taco Rock in the DMV region in Falls Church, Va. The Birch & Broad shopping center is the site of the concept’s newest fast-casual restaurant. One beholds 25 dining tables and 35 seats surrounding a majestic 25-foot bar upon entry. There is a total of 2,815 square feet at this newly-introduced 1116 West Broad Street location.

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dLeña by Chef Richard Sandoval will celebrate the Earth and bees with its Viva Abejas campaign starting March 22

dLeña celebrates Earth, bees through Viva Abejas, Pachamama

Bee-centric art, food, drink headline campaign during March, April

dLeña by Chef Richard Sandoval will celebrate the Earth and bees with its Viva Abejas campaign starting March 22. The Mount Vernon Triangle Mexican restaurant in DC will put the importance of bees in the spotlight as it elevates the earth’s harvest through food and drink.

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Gerrard Street Kitchen at The Darcy Hotel will reopen with new Executive Chef Bader Ali helming the globally-inspired eatery

The Darcy’s Gerrard Street Kitchen reopens with new chef, menu items

Executive Chef Bader Ali takes the culinary reigns of eatery, while refreshing menu, relaunching neighborhood-fave brunch

Gerrard Street Kitchen at The Darcy Hotel will reopen with new Executive Chef Bader Ali helming the globally-inspired eatery. The restaurant on the edge of Scott Circle, which originally debuted two years ago, draws inspiration from London’s eclectic West End and has featured a medley of international cuisines, including from Japan, Korea and India.

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Tiki TNT has a new executive chef in Steve Y. Kim, who had hosted several pop-up dinners at the waterfront island-vibe bar and eatery

Tiki TNT names Steve Y. Kim executive chef

New menu reflects Kim’s origins, culinary creativities combining Korean influence, island flavors

Tiki TNT at the Wharf DC has a new executive chef in Steve Y. Kim, who had hosted several pop-up dinners at the waterfront island-vibe bar and eatery. Now, the menu will combine Kim’s Korean background and culture into new dishes that also reflect island-vibrant flavors and robust tastes.

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Food and Wine Magazine revealed its 2021 list of Best New Chefs, naming two chefs from the Washington, DC area: Angel Barreto, of Anju in Dupont Circle, and Paola Velez, of Bakers Against Racism

Angel Barreto, Paola Velez make Food and Wine Magazine’s Best New Chefs in America list

Two DC chefs join 33rd class of magazine’s top honors for fresh, culinary talent

Food & Wine magazine revealed its 2021 list of Best New Chefs in America, naming two chefs from the Washington, DC area: Angel Barreto, of Anju in Dupont Circle, and Paola Velez, of Bakers Against Racism. Up-and-coming chefs from Ann Arbor, Mich., Austin, Los Angeles, Portland, Ore., New York City, New Orleans, and San Francisco join the 33rd class of Best New Chefs in America:

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