2018 Chefs

Jamie Leeds

Hank’s Oyster Bar

Washington, DC

Featured: Saturday, March 9th at the Grand Tasting

Jamie Leeds is one of Washington’s most highly recognized chefs due to her wildly successful restaurant, Hank’s Oyster Bar, her very active role in the community and her 35 plus years of inspiring culinary experience in New York and DC. In May 2005, she opened her first restaurant as executive chef and owner, the 65-seat Hank’s Oyster Bar, which serves “Urban Beach Food”. Since its opening, Hank’s Oyster Bar has been praised by Gourmet, Bon Appetit, Food & Wine, Southern Living, The Washington Post, Washingtonian, DC magazine, The Washington Times and Fox Morning News. Chef Leeds was also named a “Rising Star Chef” by Starchefs.com for Washington, D.C.’s 2003 awards program, which selected only seven chefs throughout the area for the recognition. Hank’s Oyster Bar has been nominated for multiple RAMMY awards and won the publicly voted title for “Best Neighborhood Restaurant”. Jamie Leeds now has five restaurants in the DC area—Hank’s Dupont, Hank’s On the Hill, Hank’s Old Town, Hank’s Pasta Bar and cocktail bar Hank’s Cocktail Bar—earning her the coveted RAMMY nomination for 2016 “Restaurateur of the Year”.