Good news for Palena’s chef and co-owner Frank Ruta who was recently one of twenty chefs nationally (and the only in DC) nominated for outstanding chef by the James Beard Foundation. Ruta who got his start in the Carter White House, has been with Palena since its opening in 2000. After Palena opened, accolades came quickly for Ruta as he received the Best Chef honor from Food and Wine in 2001. In 2007, Ruta won the James Beard Best Chef Mid-Atlantic award. Since the restaurant’s expansion into the old Magruder’s space it has received renewed recognition.
Other Cleveland Park highlights include Ardeo + Bardeo owner Ashok Bajaj, nominated for outstanding restaurateur.
Check out all James Beard nominees for 2012.