Pinoy Pride! Chef Tom Cunanan is nominated for James Beard Award
Another Pinoy is making a name in the international food scene!
Chef Tom Cunanan, the man behind Bad Saint, a popular 24-seat Filipino restaurant in Washington, DC, has been nominated for the prestigious James Beard Award, Asian Journal reported.
The James Beard Foundation, known as one of the most coveted honors in the restaurant industry, has announced the semifinalists which includes Cunanan as one of the nine DC-based chefs nominated for Best Chef: Mid-Atlantic.
“I felt super surprised,” Cunanan told the Asian Journal. “I woke up the next day and got all these crazy texts from friends and co-workers saying ‘Congratulations!’” Cunanan, who co-owns Bad Saint with Genevieve Villamora and Nick Pimentel, said he was initially clueless on why people were congratulating him.
“They showed me the JBF link and I was super stunned to see my name for Best Chef: Mid Atlantic,” Cunanan shared.
The trio came up with a unique menu that had been warmly accepted across US. Bad Saint, named after St. Malo, Louisiana, where the first Filipinos settled in the United States, is the trio’s passion project.
Bad Saint had been tagged by Bon Appetit as the number two Best New Restaurant in the United States for 2016, following Atlanta’s Staplehouse, Asianjournal said.