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.