Our History

10th Anniversary Events DC Embassy Chef Challenge Presented by TCMA has been a staple of Passport DC, a month-long celebration of Washington DC's diplomatic community, since 2009. The Challenge, an event that can only happen in the District, which is home to 177 embassies, provides a setting for culinary diplomacy to thrive as a diverse group of highly regarded chefs from around the world prepare an authentic sip and bite from their homeland for attendees to taste.

Experiencing cultural diversity and inclusion has been at the forefront of the 10th Anniversary Events DC Embassy Chef Challenge Presented by TCMA since its inception and continues to remain as the core principle that drives decisions on how to enhance programming from year to year.

Below is a list of all the award winners over the years...

2017

Judge's Choice

Chef Moha Fedal

Morocco

People's Choice

Chef Cynthia Verna

Haiti

Top Chef Challenge

2016

Judge's Choice

Chef Creig Greenidge

Barbados

People's Choice

Chef Claude Tayag

Philippines

Top Chef Challenge

2015

Judge's Choice

Chef Manuel Rodriguez

Venezuela

People's Choice

Chef Manuel Rodriguez

Venezuela

Top Chef Challenge

2014

Judge's Choice

Chef Jiraporn Bunlert

Thailand

People's Choice

Chef Roman Shchadrin

Russia

Top Chef Challenge

2013

Judge's Choice

Chef Nathan Bates

New Zealand

People's Choice

Chef Nathan Bates

New Zealand

Top Chef Challenge

Chef Nathan Bates

New Zealand

2012

Judge's Choice

Chef Victor Merenyi

Hungary

People's Choice

Chef Devin E. Johnson

Bahamas

Top Chef Challenge

Chef Sondre Ellingstad

Norway

2011

Judge's Choice

Chef Lars Beese

Denmark

People's Choice

Chef José Luis Fernandez

Peru

Top Chef Challenge

Chef Lars Beese

Denmark

2010

Judge's Choice

Chef Jan Van Haute

Belgium

People's Choice

Chef Einat Admonty

Israel

Top Chef Challenge

Chef Victor Merenyi

Hungary

2009

Judge's Choice

Chef Nazha Kasaraoui

Morocco

People's Choice

Chef Nazha Kasaraoui

Morocco

Top Chef Challenge

Chef Martin Johansson

Sweden