Last night was the first annual Eater Awards. Such a great event. This is the picture of the award. Clever design.
As someone who has literally been reading Eater from the day it launched and then found myself in that absolutely lucky place of being able to invest in the company, I can't express how exciting last night was. Not only has Eater provided information on the food world for anyone who is interested, they have created a community. The chefs, the patrons, the investors, etc., were in force last night. The feeling was mutual among everyone regardless of who won and who didn't which is what was life like before Eater?
Congrats to the whole crew...it was really awesome. Also..love the pic of me, Gina and Gabe from Joseph Leonard and Jeffrey's Grocery.
EATER AWARDS 2010
Restaurant of the Year, National
Nominees: Torrisi Italian Specialties (New York), LudoBites (LA), Frances (SF), Girl & The Goat (Chicago), Olivia (Austin), Castagna (Portland), SUGARCANE Raw Bar Grill (Miami)
Winner: Torrisi Italian Specialties (New York)
Chef of the Year, National
Nominees: Michael White (New York), Ludo Lefebvre (LA), Daniel Patterson (SF), Stephanie Izard (Chicago), Deegan McClung (Austin), Matt Lightner (Portland), Timon Balloo (Miami)
Winner: Stephanie Izard (Girl & The Goat, Chicago)
Concept of the Year
Presented to the food world concept that best caught the eye and imagination of the eating populus.
Nominees: Eataly, Ferran Adrià Scoring Corporate Backing, LudoBites, The Meatball Shop, Shake Shack
Television Personality of the Year
For the person whose year in television appearances was most prolific, epic, or otherwise distinguished.
Nominees: Anthony Bourdain (No Reservations) Eric Ripert (· Avec Eric), Andrew Zimmern (Bizarre Foods), Susur Lee (Top Chef Masters, Seth Caro (Top Chef Just Desserts)
Winner: Eric Ripert (Avec Eric, Top Chef D.C., Late Night Talk Show Regular, Treme)
Video Interlude of the Year
Dude, did you see this video?
Nominees: Del Posto Spaghetti with Dungeness Crab Video, Best of Iron Chef America Secret Ingredient Reveals, DC Central Kitchen Responds to Rush Limbaugh, Waitress Goes On Hardearned Killing Spree in Take Out
Winner: Del Posto ("Spaghetti with Dungeness Crab")
Spectacle of the Year
Awarded to the one person, place, thing or idea that flat-out was the best show of the year in 2010.
Nominees: Noma Cookbook, Gordon Ramsay's Crumbling Empire, Achatz's Aviary Videos, Novelty Sandwiches (McRib, Double Down, etc)
Winner: Noma Cookbook
Twitter Personality of the Year
Presented to the person whos show is best viewed at 140 characters long.
Nominees: @chefjoseandres, @ericripert, @Gachatz, @KellyChoi, @kkrader, @lee_schrager, @ruthreichl
Winner: @ruthreichl (Ruth Reichl)
Fameball of the Year
It's a bird, it's a plane, it's a... oh, it's just that guy.
Nominees: Alton Brown, Frank Bruni, Spike Mendelsohn, Marcus Samuelsson, Fabio Viviani
Winner: Marcus Samuelsson (Chef at Nia Long's Birthday Bash, Chef at Epicurious Birthday Bash, Cooking Class Leader for Buick, Appearance on A&E's Fix This Kitchen, Kitchen Linen Collection for Target, Chef at Party for HBO's Brave New Voices, Appearances at Every Food Festival in the U.S., Menu Consult for Holland America Line Cruises, Top Chef Masters Winner, MasterCard Spokesperson)
=== NEW YORK ===
Restaurant of the Year, New York
Nominees: ABC Kitchen, The Breslin, Del Posto, Eleven Madison Park, Torrisi Italian Specialties, Roberta's
Finalists: Del Posto, Eleven Madison Park, Roberta's
Winner: Torrisi Italian Specialties*
[*Eater Awards Rule 17, Sub. 19 invoked]
So Hot Right Now, New York
Nominees: Burger & Barrel, The Lambs Club, Lotus of Siam, M. Wells, Osteria Morini, Peels
Finalists: Burger & Barrel, M. Wells, Osteria Morini
Winner: Osteria Morini
Chef of the Year, New York
Nominees: Einat Admony (Balaboosta), Daniel Humm (Eleven Madison Park), Dan Kluger (ABC Kitchen), Mark Ladner (Del Posto), Anita Lo (Annisa), Michael White (Alto, Convivio, Marea, Osteria Morini)
Finalists: Daniel Humm (Eleven Madison Park), Mark Ladner (Del Posto), Michael White (Marea, Osteria Morini, Convivio, Alto)
Winner: Michael White (Alto, Convivio, Marea, Osteria Morini)
Shaker of the Year, New York
Nominees: Damon Boelte (Prime Meats), Jim Meehan (PDT); Julie Reiner (Clover Club); Greg Seider (Summit); Phil Ward (Mayahuel); Yana Volfson (Freemans, Peels)
Finalists: Damon Boelte (Prime Meats), Jim Meehan (PDT), Yana Wolfson (Freemans/Peels)
Winner: Yana Volfson (Freemans, Peels)
Keith McNally Restaurant of the Year
Awarded annually to the Keith McNally restaurant that opened closest to press time.
Danny Meyer Empire Builder of the Year
In recognition of a chef, restaurateur, or team whose heads-down, unbridled need for an empire in 2010 came closet to matching that of Empire Builder Meyer himself.
Nominees: Michael Bao, Chris Cannon and Michael White, Dave Chang and Christina Tosi, Scott Conant, Ken Friedman, Gabriel Stulman
Winner: Chris Cannon and Michael White
Jean-Georges Vongerichten Award for Quietly Killing It
Awarded to the person or team whose 2010 ascent was most ninja-like.
Winner: Frank Falcinelli and Frank Castronovo
Daniel Boulud Award for Most Originally Named Restaurant of the Year
Named in honor of the best restaurant namer there ever was.
Winner: Fat Radish
Eric Ripert's Kids Award
Awarded to a young chef who would benefit most from a day of serious Buddhist training from Eric Ripert.
Winner: César Ramirez
Thomas Keller Benefit-of-the-Doubt Award
Presented to the Keller Alum who will surely get it right because he worked for Keller. He will, right?
Winner: Jonathan Benno (Lincoln)
Tom Colicchio Up-and-Coming Stone-Cold Hustler Award
Blink and you'll miss Tom Colicchio inking another lucrative deal. (Just now he signed on to endorse a line of toothpicks.) The winner of this prize will someday command the cheddar similarly.
Winner: David Chang
Comeback of the Year
Presented to that restaurant whose return from the dead proved most grand.
Winner: The John Dory
Shitshow of the Year, New York
Nominees: Abe + Arthurs, Bar Artisanal, Kenmare, The Lion, Rouge Tomate, Shang
Spectacle of the Year, New York
Nominees: 4Food, Ace Hotel, Josh Ozersky's Wedding, Marcus Samuelsson, McNally vs. Platt, Tavern on the Green
Winner: Josh Ozersky's Wedding (and Subsequent Media Shitstorm)
Eater Door Prize for Toughest Door of the Year
Nominees: The Boom Boom Room, Jane Hotel, Kenmare, Le Bain, Provocateur
Winner: The Boom Boom Room
=== LOS ANGELES ===
Restaurant of the Year, Los Angeles
Nomineess: Lazy Ox Canteen, LudoBites, Patina, Providence, Umami Burger
Finalists: Umami Burger, LudoBites, Patina
So Hot Right Now, Los Angeles
Nominees: Cleo, Olio Pizzeria, Red O, Scarpetta, Test Kitchen, Tinga, WP24
Finalists: Cleo, Test Kitchen, WP24
Winner: Test Kitchen
Chef of the Year, Los Angeles
Nominees: Roy Choi, Ludo Lefebvre, Walter Manzke, Michael Voltaggio, Ricardo Zarate
Finalists: Ludo Lefebvre (LudoBites), Michael Voltaggio (formerly The Dining Room at The Langham), Walter Manzke (formerly Church & State)
Winner: Ludo Lefebvre (LudoBites)
Shaker of the Year, Los Angeles
Nominees: Eric Alperin, Matt Biancaniello, Julian Cox, Devin Espinosa, Pablo Moix, Joel Black, Joseph Brooke
Finalists: Matt Biancaniello (Library Bar), Pablo Moix (La Descarga), Julian Cox (Rivera)
Winner: Matt Biancaniello (Library Bar)
=== SAN FRANCISCO ===
Restaurant of the Year, San Francisco
Nominees: Benu, Commis, Frances, Flour + Water, Prospect, Saison, Ubuntu
Finalists: Frances, Flour + Water, Prospect
So Hot Right Now, San Francisco
Nominees: Alexander's Steakhouse, Bar Agricole, Benu, Bourbon Steak, Ippuku, Michael Mina, Plum, Ragazza, Una Pizza Napoletana
Finalists: Benu, Bar Agricole, Ragazza
Winner: Bar Agricole
Chef of the Year, San Francisco
Nominees: Timothy Hollingsworth (French Laundry), Christopher Kostow (The Restaurant at Meadowood), Corey Lee (Benu), Daniel Patterson (Coi, Il Cane Rosso,Plum), Melissa Perello (Frances), James Syhabout (Commis), Finalists: Melissa Perello, Daniel Patterson, Christopher Kostow
Winner: Daniel Patterson (Coi, Il Cane Rosso, Plum)
Shaker of the Year, San Francisco
Nominees: Brooke Arthur (Prospect), Scott Baird & Josh Harris (Wayfare Tavern), Scott Beattie (Cyrus, Spoonbar), Erick Castro (Rickhouse), Jonny Raglin and Jeff Hollinger (Comstock Saloon), Shawn Vergara (Blackbird), Thad Vogler (Bar Agricole)
Finalists: Scott Baird & Josh Harris (Wayfare Tavern), Jonny Raglin and Jeff Hollinger (Comstock Saloon), Thad Vogler (Bar Agricole), Brooke Arther (Prospect)
Winner: Brooke Arthur (Prospect)
Empire Builder of the Year, San Francisco
Nominees: Tyler Florence (Wayfare Tavern, El Paseo, Rotisserie & Wine, Hired Jeremy Fox and Corey Lee), Daniel Patterson (Coi, Plum, Bracina, Il Cane Rosso, TBD in Oakland), Bacchus Management Group (Cafe Des Amis, Spruce, The Village Pub), Michael Mina (Bourbon Steak, Michael Mina, RN74, Clock Bar), Lark Creek Restaurant Group (Fish Story, Pizzeria in the Westfield)
Finalists: Michael Mina, Tyler Florence, Anthony Myint
Winner: Anthony Myint (Commonweath, Mission Chinese Food)
Spectacle of the Year, San Francisco
Nominees: Morton's Steakhouse 0 Star Review, Chairman Baotroversy, Grub Opening Delays, Ike's Place NIMBY Battle, Blue Bottle Coffee Dolores Park Controversy, French Laundry Bluefin Debacle
Winner: Ike's Place NIMBY Battle
=== CHICAGO ===
Restaurant of the Year, Chicago
Nominees: Alinea, Avec, Gaztro-Wagon, Girl & The Goat, Longman & Eagle, M Burger, Purple Pig
Finalists: Girl & The Goat, The Purple Pig, M Burger
Winner: Girl & The Goat
So Hot Right Now, Chicago
Nominees: Chizakaya, Davanti Enoteca, Girl & The Goat, Henri, Lillie's Q, Ruxbin
Finalists: Chizakaya, Girl & The Goat, Lillie's Q
Winner: Girl & The Goat
Chef of the Year, Chicago
Nominees: Grant Achatz (Alinea), Jimmy Bannos, Jr. (The Purple Pig), David Carrier (Kith & Kin), Graham Elliot (Graham Elliot), Stephanie Izard (Girl & The Goat), Justin Large (Big Star), Jared Wentworth (Longman & Eagle)
Finalists: Stephanie Izard (Girl & The Goat), Grant Achatz (Alinea), Jimmy Bannos, Jr. (The Purple Pig)
Winner: Stephanie Izard (Girl & The Goat)
Shaker of the Year, Chicago
Nominees: Lynn House (Blackbird), Charles Joly (Drawing Room), Joshua Pearson (Sepia), Debbi Peek (The Bristol), Mike Ryan (Sable), Benjamin Schiller (Boka Group), Adam Seger (hum/Nacional 27)
Finalists: Benjamin Schiller (Boka Restaurant Group); Debbi Peek (The Bristol); Joshua Pearson (Sepia)
Winner: Benjamin Schiller (Boka Restaurant Group)