2018 James Beard Award Winner: Best Chef, Mid-Atlantic; Chef/Owner, The Dabney, Washington, D.C.
Charred Eggplant Dip
Barbecued cornmeal crackers, summer herbs and pickled
Chef, Co-Owner of The Dabney
Jeremiah Langhorne is the chef and co-owner of The Dabney in Washington, D.C.
Langhorne’s first foray into the restaurant world was at a small Italian restaurant in his hometown of Charlottesville, VA. Watching the restaurant’s kitchen staff work on a new dish – a creative and spontaneous process – inspired Langhorne to seek out further learning opportunities. He began with an externship at the acclaimed OXO restaurant, where he learned under the classically trained English Chef John Haywood and soon became a part of the kitchen staff. By the time he left, Langhorne was executive sous chef.
In 2009 Langhorne moved south to stage at McCrady’s under Executive Chef Sean Brock. After completing a two-month stage at Noma in Copenhagen, Denmark, Langhorne returned to McCrady’s to take over as sous chef. He was promoted to chef de cuisine in spring 2011. While at McCrady’s, Langhorne oversaw day-to-day operations and managed a staff of over 20 employees. He worked daily with Brock and local farmers and purveyors to craft each night’s menu out of the freshest and finest products.
Langhorne returned to the Mid-Atlantic area in 2013, relocating to Washington, D.C. to focus his efforts on opening his own restaurant and forging relationships with area farmers and purveyors. Nearly two years later, The Dabney opened in historic Blagden Alley in D.C.’s Shaw neighborhood. At The Dabney, Langhorne celebrates his Mid-Atlantic roots, focusing on modern American food with strong regional and historic influences, while incorporating his interests in farming, charcuterie and foraging.
The Dabney received a Michelin star in Washington D.C.’s Michelin Guide in 2016 and 2017, in addition to being named a semi-finalist for the 2016 James Beard Foundation Award for Best New Restaurant. It was named one of Bon Appétit magazine’s 50 Best New Restaurants of 2016 as well as one of Food & Wine’s 2016 Restaurants of the Year. Langhorne recently received the 2018 James Beard Foundation Award for Best Chef: Mid-Atlantic.
In December 2017 Langhorne and business partner Alex Zink opened The Dabney Cellar, a wine bar located in the basement beneath the restaurant.
Langhorne lives in D.C.’s Shaw neighborhood with his wife, Jenny, and their dog, Ginger.
Photo: Obi Okolo