It is time now—drumroll, trumpets, gongs, please—to announce the winners of the 2013 Eater Awards. In over a dozen categories in 27 cities, the winners comprise a diverse group of the finest and most interesting chefs, operators and characters in the continent that have defined this year in dining. We applaud them. So, without further ado—a few quick pre-ambling thoughts....
To recap, Eater's local editors in 27 cities nominated candidates for five categories: Restaurant of the Year, Chef of the Year, Bartender of the Year, So Hot Right Now Restaurant and Stone Cold Stunner. Eater readers then voted to narrow the field to a final three in each category (although sometimes only two were finalists because the others came in as a three-way tie). From those finalists, 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 winners in Toronto.
Click through for the full rundown of winners across the country on Eater National.
Eater Awards 2013
Restaurant of the Year
Nominees: Bar Isabel, Drake One Fifty, Scaramouche, Momofuku Shoto, Sushi Kaji
Finalists: Bar Isabel, Momofuku Shoto
Winner: Momofuku Shoto
Chef of the Year:
Nominees: Grant van Gameren (Bar Isabel), Lorenzo Loseto (George), Rob Gentile (Buca), Jamie Kennedy (Gilead Cafe and Wine Bar), Keith Froggett (Scaramouche)
Finalists: Grant van Gameren (Bar Isabel), Rob Gentile (Buca), Jamie Kennedy (Gilead Cafe and Wine Bar)
Winner: Grant van Gameren (Bar Isabel)
So Hot Right Now
Nominees: Electric Mud BBQ, Bar Isabel, Drake One Fifty, The Huntsman Tavern, Big Crow
Finalists: Bar Isabel, Electric Mud BBQ, Big Crow
Winner: Bar Isabel
Bartender of the Year
Nominees: Aja Sax (The Huntsman Tavern), Dave Mitton (The Harbord Room), Brad Gubbins (SpiritHouse), Sarah Parniak (Cold Tea), Shane Mulvany (The Chase)
Finalists: Dave Mitton (The Harbord Room), Sarah Parniak (Cold Tea)
Winner: Sarah Parniak (Cold Tea)
Stone Cold Stunner
Nominees: El Catrin, Drake One Fifty, Geraldine, The Chase, The Momofuku Cube
Finalists: Geraldine, The Chase, The Momofuku Cube
Winner: The Momofuku Cube
Bonus Category: Best Food Truck
Winner: Gourmet Gringos
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