A Filipino-American chef was among the semifinalists for the title of best Mid-Atlantic Chef in the United States by the prestigious James Beard Awards.
A report on Washington Post said Bad Saint proprietor Chef Tom Cunanan is one of the chefs in the Mid-Atlantic region shortlisted by the James Beard Foundation for the 2017 Restaurant and Chef Awards.
Cunanan's Bad Saint has long received high praises from food critics of the Washington Post, The Hoya, and Washingtonian due to its arresting presentation of Filipino culinary classics.
Modern twists on Filipino staples such as ukoy and adobong dilaw helped nab it a spot on "The Hot 10" or The 10 Best New Restaurants in America list of major food magazine Bon Appetit last year.
Bad Saint co-owner and fellow American-raised Filipinos Genevieve Villamora and Nick Pimentel described their cuisine as "pure comfort food" and the result of Filipino restaurants in New York experimenting with the cuisine.
James Beard Awards, a not-for-profit culinary arts organization, was founded in the name of the late American chef James Beard in 1991 to provide aspiring chefs culinary scholarships and to celebrate America's diverse culinary heritage. —Rie Takumi/KBK, GMA News