2023 Chefs

Yesenia Jarquin



Saturday, May 7, 2022 at Grand Tasting & Auction

At Centrolina restaurant and market in CityCenter DC, Washingtonians witness the versatility and delicacy of Italian cuisine. The four-time James Beard Foundation Award nominee believes food should taste as good as in Italy, plated with poise, and viewed through the seasonal lens of the Mid-Atlantic—tenets she instills in her fast-casual project, Piccolina, an osteria that opened across the alley from Centrolina in July 2019.

Brandwein and her flagship restaurant have earned many accolades, including James Beard Foundation Award finalist for four consecutive years (2020, 2019, 2018, 2017) in the Best Chef: Mid-Atlantic category; 2018 Chef of the Year at the Restaurant Association Metropolitan Washington RAMMY Awards; as well as previous RAMMY Award nominations, including Splendid Holidays at Home Offerings (2020), Upscale Casual Restaurant of the Year (2018, 2019), Chef of the Year (2018, 2017, 2016), New Restaurant of the Year (2016), and Rising Culinary Star (2007).