It is time now—drumroll, trumpets, etc.—to announce the winners of the 2012 Eater Awards. In over a dozen categories in 19 cities, the winners comprise a diverse group 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—actually, a few quick pre-ambling thoughts....
To recap, Eater's local editors in 19 cities nominated candidates for five major local categories: Restaurant of the Year, So Hot Right Now Restaurant, Chef of the Year, Bartender of the Year, and Stone Cold Stunner. Eater readers then voted to narrow the field to a final three in each category. From that final three, the Eater editorial team chose the winner. Our Eater National brain trust then got together to decide the national winners for those categories. 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 Manhattan. Those winners that couldn't make it should watch their mail for packages containing cans of Italian peeled tomatoes. And now, without further ado, the Bay Area.
Click through for the full rundown of winners across the country on Eater National.
Eater Awards 2012
Restaurant of the Year
Nominees: Bar Tartine, AQ, Rich Table, State Bird Provisions, The Restaurant At Meadowood
Finalists: Bar Tartine, AQ, State Bird Provisions
Chef of the Year:
Nominees: Charles Phan, Dominique Crenn, Stuart Brioza & Nicole Krasinski, Christopher Kostow, Thomas McNaughton
Finalists: Dominique Crenn, Christopher Kostow, Stuart Brioza & Nicole Krasinski
Winner: Christopher Kostow
So Hot Right Now
Nominees: Lolinda, State Bird Provisions, Rich Table, Abbot's Cellar, Namu Gaji
Finalists: State Bird Provisions, Rich Table, Abbot's Cellar
Winner: State Bird Provisions
Bartender of the Year
Nominees: Martin Cate, Cappy Sorrentino, Alex Smith, Kate Bolton, Priscilla Young
Finalists: Martin Cate, Cappy Sorrentino, Kate Bolton
Winner: Kate Bolton
Stone Cold Stunner
Nominees: 25 Lusk, Abbot's Cellar, Gitane, Bar Agricole, AQ
Finalists: 25 Lusk, AQ, Gitane