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—actually, 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 Miami Eater Awards winners. (For award winners in other cities and nationally, click through to Eater National.)
EATER AWARDS 2010
=== MIAMI ===
Restaurant of the Year, Miami
Nominees: AltaMare, Area 31, GastroPodMiami, Michael's Genuine Food & Drink, NAOE, Red Light, Sakaya Kitchen, SUGARCANE Raw Bar Grill
Finalists: Area 31; Sakaya Kitchen; SUGARCANE Raw Bar Grill
Winner: SUGARCANE Raw Bar Grill
So Hot Right Now, Miami
Nominees: 1500 Degrees, American Noodle Bar, db Bistro Moderne, De Rodriguez Ocean, Gigi, Eden South Beach, SUGARCANE Raw Bar Grill, Zuma
Finalists: Gigi; SUGARCANE Raw Bar Grill; Zuma
Chef of the Year, Miami
Nominees: Timon Balloo (SUGARCANE Raw Bar Grill), Jeremiah Bullfrog (GastroPodMiami), Kevin Cory (NAOE), John Critchley (Area 31), Dewey LoSasso (The Forge), Michael Schwartz (Michael's Genuine Food & Drink), Simon Stojanovic (AltaMare)
Finalists: Timon Balloo (SUGARCANE Raw Bar Grill), Kevin Cory (NAOE), Michael Schwartz (Michael's Genuine Food & Drink)
Winner: Timon Balloo (SUGARCANE Raw Bar Grill)
Shaker of the Year, Miami
Nominees: Ryan Goodspeed (Michael's Genuine Food & Drink), John Lermayer (The Florida Room), Robert Ortenzio (Meat Market), Michael Parish (Prime Italian), Richard Petronzi (The Shore Club), Elad Zvi (W South Beach)
Finalists: Ryan Goodspeed (Michael's Genuine Food & Drink); Elad Zvi (W South Beach); John Lermayer (The Florida Room)
Winner: Ryan Goodspeed (Michael's Genuine Food & Drink)
And curious to see what went down in the other Eater cities? Click through to Eater National for a full list of award-winners, from David Chang to Eric Ripert.
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.