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District's 'hottest chef' is in ... Vienna?

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Yeas and Nays,Politics,Food and Drink,Alicia M. Cohn

It might be worth a trek out to Vienna to meet Eater DC's "Hottest Chef 2013" and his tiny, nine-table Maple Avenue Restaurant.

"I hope people are coming in for the food, not to see me," Chef Tim Ma told Yeas & Nays. The Virginia native described Maple Ave's "hottest dish" as a scallops and coconut risotto dish served with savory basil ice cream.

Ma, who still operates as a line cook five to six days a week, admitted that he doesn't show his face around the dining room very often. "I guess if there's more requests [to see me] we'll have to do

something about that," he joked.

Eater crowned Portland's Pascal Sauton the "Hottest Chef in America" last week. There's always next year, East Coast.

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