Michael Rafidi is the chef/owner of YELLOW and Michelin-starred Albi. The menus reflect a creative update to traditional Arabic cuisine, with modern techniques utilizing the best the Mid-Atlantic has to offer. Inspired by his family’s roots in Palestine and grandparents’ home cooking, Rafidi spent many years in some of the country’s finest kitchens before he opened Albi in early 2020.
Rafidi was recognized as Eater DC’s Chef of the Year in 2017. He was a 2018 finalist for Rising Star Chef and a 2022 finalist for Chef of the Year in the Restaurant Association of Metropolitan Washington’s RAMMY Awards. In February 2022, Rafidi was named a James Beard Semifinalist for Best Chef: Mid-Atlantic, and a finalist in the same category in 2023. In May 2022, Albi was awarded a coveted Michelin Star.