Because name-dropping isn't just for politicians in DC—we love talking about chefs, too. A lot. And so we've wrangled up this handy-dandy dictionary (alphabetized by first name) of some of DC's most talked-about chefs. Let us know when you have it memorized.

Ann Cashion
FAMOUS IN DC FOR: Johnny's Half Shell
ACCOLADES: Winner of Restaurant Association of Metropolitan Washington's "Chef of the Year"
FUN FACT: Graduated from Harvard.
MOST SURPRISING FACT: Started the Austin Grill empire.

Art Smith
TWITTER: @chefartsmith
ACCOLADES: Two-time James Beard winner
FUN FACT: Was Oprah Winfrey's former personal chef
MOST SURPRISING TWEET: "Waiting for plane had to taste McDonalds Mighty Wings. I have to say there better than I expected. Process made? First Mickey D's in 2 years."

Bart Vandaele
TWITTER: @BartVandaeleDC
FAMOUS IN DC FOR: Belga Caféand Top Chef Season 10
ACCOLADES: Won's “Rising Star Chef” award
FUN FACT: Was knighted in the order of Leopold II in 2009
MOST CONFOUNDING TWEET: "And go us going home. !!! ???"

Carla Hall
TWITTER: @carlahall
FAMOUS IN DC FOR: Alchemy and Top Chef Seasons 5 & 8
ACCOLADES: Runner-up in Top Chef Season 5 and Fan Favorite in Season 8
FUN FACT: Co-host of daytime television talk show called "The Chew"
MOST "I KNOW WHAT YOU MEAN" TWEET: "Nothing more disappointing than dropping that last bite of something yummy. Ugh"

Erik Bruner-Yang
TWITTER: @TokiUnderground
FAMOUS IN DC FOR: Toki Underground
ACCOLADES: Winner of Eater DC's 2012 Restaurant of the Year and Washingtonian's "Top Newcomer" in 2011
FUN FACT: Created U Street Music Hall's famous "pho dog" hot dog
MOST BEYONCE'D TWEET: "Someone record that beyonce documentary for me please. Thanks!"

Eric Ziebold
TWITTER: @EricZiebold
ACCOLADES: Named one of the "10 most influential chefs working in America" by Forbes; James Beard Winner; and Best New Chef by Food & Wine in 2007
FUN FACT: Was on his high school wrestling team
MOST FITTING TWEET BASED ON THE FUN FACT: "wrestling scratched from the 2020 olympics. What a disappointment."
Jamie Leeds
TWITTER: @jamieleeds
FAMOUS IN DC FOR: Hank's Oyster Bar
ACCOLADES: Won Rising Stars Award in 2003
FUN FACT: Leeds is completely self taught.

Johnny Monis
FAMOUS IN DC FOR: Komi and Little Serow
ACCOLADES: One of America’s best new chefs in 2007 according to Food & Wine; two-time James Beard Award finalist
FUN FACT: His favorite junk food is Barbecue Fritos.
MOST UNSURPRISING FACT: Monis doesn't tweet.

Jose Andres
TWITTER: @chefjoseandres
FAMOUS IN DC FOR: Minibar, Jaleo, Zaytinya and Oyamel
ACCOLADES: Won the James Beard Foundation's Outstanding Chef Award, the highest honor a chef in America can achieve; named "Chef of the Year" by the Restaurant Association of Metropolitan Washington; named best chef by just about every food magazine, etc.
FUN FACT: His full name is José Ramón Andrés Puerta.
MOST ADORABLE TWEET: "Laughing hard!my wife left me a note on the refrigerator door: is not working. Im leaving! . I don’t get it! I got a beer and was very cold"

Michael Mina
TWITTER: @ChefMichaelMina
FAMOUS IN DC FOR: Bourbon Steak
ACCOLADES: Has a Michelin star, named’s Restaurateur of the Year in 2011 and more
FUN FACT: He began seriously cooking at age 15 after quitting the basketball team.
MOST SEXYTIME TWEET: "For Valentine's Day, there's nothing more romantic & sexy than having a night-cap at home. My go-to #cocktail is the Sazerac. What's yours?"

Michel Richard
NAME: @CitronelleDC
FAMOUS IN DC FOR: Central and Citronelle
ACCOLADES: James Beard award winner.
FUN FACT: He started cooking when he was seven years old!
MOST UNABASHEDLY SELF-PROMOTIONAL TWEET: "#FF all of my restaurants! @centralmr @CentralLV @CentralRevel Still have one on your to-do list?"

Mike Isabella
TWITTER: @MikeIsabellaDC
FAMOUS IN DC FOR: Graffiato, Bandelero and Top Chef Season 6 and All-Stars
ACCOLADES: Named Food & Wine's "People’s Best New Chef Mid-Atlantic" winner in 2012; runner-up on Top Chef All-Stars
FUN FACT: His favorite dish to make is octopus.
MOST "WE WISH WE WERE ALSO CHEFS" TWEET: "On my way to Chicago to do some R&D, its time to eat!!!"

Nora Pouillon
TWITTER: @noraorganics
ACCOLADES: American Tasting Institute's U.S.A. Chef of the Year
FUN FACT: Studied interior design before becoming a chef.
MOST POLITICAL TWEET: "Nice to see Secretary of State Hillary and President Bill Clinton back at Nora's, both looking great, enjoying themselves and their dinner!"

Ris Lacoste
ACCOLADES: James Beard Nominee; The Restaurant Association of Metropolitan Washington's “Chef of the Year”; and competed in Iron Chef America.
FUN FACT: Mentors students at the Hospitality High School in DC
MOST "OFFER YOU CAN'T REFUSE" TWEET: "Day 3 of Restaurant Week.... What day will we see YOU?"
Spike Mendolhson
FAMOUS IN DC FOR: Good Stuff Eatery, We, the Pizza and Top Chef Season 4 and All-Stars
ACCOLADES: Made Vanity Fair's "Next Establishment" list.
FUN FACT: He's Canadian—he was born in Montreal.
MOST CANADIAN TWEET: "Turbulence on the flight to Montreal is out or control... #blizzard"

Taw Vigsittaboot
ACCOLADES: Has one of the most loyal customer bases in town.
FUN FACT: Thai X-ing has a MySpace page

Teddy Folkman
TWITTER: @ChefTeddy
FAMOUS IN DC FOR: Granville Moore's
ACCOLADES: Won a mussels and fries challenge on Throwdown with Bobby Flay
FUN FACT: One of his favorite TV shows is "Family Guy"
MOST BIZARRE TWEET: "So at a piano bar. At a mall. Listening to stairway to heaven. Oh god. It's good. This is weird. I don't belong here."

Todd Gray
FAMOUS IN DC FOR: Equinox and Muse at the Corcoran
ACCOLADES: Restaurant Association Metropolitan Washington’s RAMMY Award for Best Fine Dining Restaurant and named "Foodservice Leaders of the Year" by Food Service Monthly.
FUN FACT: Was recognized by White House for their dedication to promoting healthy lifestyles for elementary students and their families.
MOST DISAPPOINTED IN THE WEATHER TWEET: "Was looking for snow in this early am dog walk..."

Wolfgang Puck
ACCOLADES: Two-time James Beard Foundation Award for Outstanding Chef of the Year
FUN FACT: His favorite food is macaroons.
MOST MOUTHWATERING TWEET: "Today is officially World Nutella Day. If you could name a day in honor of a food, what would you choose? #WorldNutellaDay"