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Meet D.C.’s 2018 Eater Young Guns Semifinalists

Cuban, Middle Eastern, and Indian food got the judges’ attention this year

The roasted lamb shoulder at Maydan is one of the dishes Eater Young Guns semifinalist Gerald Addison stuns diners with at the critically acclaimed new restaurant.
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Four pioneering D.C. restaurant professionals are in the running for this year’s Eater Young Guns award. Their contributions to the local dining scene range from wood-fired cooking to fast-casual Indian food.

Eater announced the 50 semifinalists for the 2018 class of culinary innovators on Thursday, May 31. The carefully researched roster of rising stars — nominees must be under the age of 30 or have less than five years experience in the industry to qualify — includes: Maydan co-executive chef Gerald Addison; Rasa co-founders Sahil Rahman and Rahul Vinod; and Colada Shop co-founder/Bresca partner Daniella Senior. Over the course of the past year, these individuals have changed how District residents eat — encouraging some to step out of their comfort zones while teaching others about the untapped adaptability of their native cuisines.

Second-generation restaurateurs Rahman and Vinod tell Eater they remain focused on prodding locals “towards exploring new cultures, cuisines, and ideas.” D.C. native Addison is excited to be a part of the current culinary boom. “The quality of restaurants in D.C. now compared to 15 years ago is like night and day,” he says.

This year’s finalists will be announced in late June. Timber Pizza Company chef Daniela Moreira made the final cut in 2017.

BRESCA

1906 14th Street Northwest, , DC 20009 (202) 518-7926 Visit Website

Maydan

1346 Florida Avenue NW, Washington, DC 20009 Visit Website

RASA

1247 First Street Southeast, , DC 20003 (202) 804-5678 Visit Website

Colada Shop

10 Pearl Street Southwest, , DC 20024 (202) 932-2980 Visit Website

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