It is time now—horns, trumpets, fanfare, fireworks, dancing acrobats—to annouce the winners of the Eater Awards for the year 2010, presented by GREY GOOSE. In 50 categories spanning seven cities, the winners comprise a diverse bunch of the finest and most interesting chefs, operators, and characters in the country. We applaud them. You are hereby instructed to applaud them. So, without further ado—acutally, a few quick pre-ambling thoughts....
To recap, Eater's local editors in NYC, LA, SF, Chicago, Portland, Austin, and Miami nominated candidates for four major local categories: Restaurant of the Year, So Hot Right Now Restaurant, Chef of the Year, and Shaker of the Year. Eater readers then voted to narrow the field to a final three in each category. From that final three, the Eater editorial team picked a winner. In very rare cases, we exercised Rule 17, Sub. 19, which allows for veto of the popular vote. (This rule was used just once in 2010.) In addition to these main stage winners, said Eater editorial team has named worthy winners in more specialized categories, for myriad notable achievements.
Nominees and winners alike will be feted at a party tonight in Downtown Manhattan. Those winners that couldn't make it should watch their mail for packages containing cans of Italian peeled tomatoes—and some other goodies. And now, for real, without further ado, the winners follow. Click through for the full rundown of winners across the country on Eater National:
EATER AWARDS 2010
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 (The Restaurant at Meadowood)
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), 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), Anthony Myint (Commonweath, Mission Chinese Food)
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
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The Eater Awards 2010 would not be possible not only without presenting sponsor GREY GOOSE Vodka but also the event's product sponsors—Starbucks Flavored VIA, Whole Foods Market, USA Pears, Sixpoint Craft Ales, Astor Wines & Spirits, and Forever Cheese—and participating restaurants—Momofuku Milk Bar, The John Dory, Convivio, Pok Pok, Public, and Prime Meats. We salute them all.