It is time now — drumroll, trumpets, gongs — to announce the winners of the 2014 Eater Awards. In more 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. You are hereby instructed to applaud them.
To recap, Eater's local editors in 27 cities nominated candidates for five major local 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. 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 winners in Atlanta.
Check out the full rundown of winners across the country over at Eater National.
Eater Awards 2014
Restaurant of the Year
Nominees: Gunshow, Kimball House, Miller Union, St. Cecilia, The General Muir
Finalists: Gunshow, Miller Union, The General Muir
Chef of the Year:
Nominees: Ford Fry, Kevin Gillespie, Todd Ginsberg, Asha Gomez, Angus Brown/Nhan Le
Finalists: Ford Fry, Kevin Gillespie, Angus Brown/Nhan Le
Winner: Ford Fry, who opened St. Cecilia and The El Felix this year.
So Hot Right Now
Nominees: Ladybird Grove & Mess Hall, Lusca, Makan, The Luminary, The Pig & The Pearl
Finalists: Lusca, Makan, The Luminary
Winner: The Luminary
Bartender of the Year
Nominees: Paul Calvert, Ian Cox, Sarah Justice, Miles Macquarrie, Shanna Mayo
Finalists: Paul Calvert, Ian Cox, Miles Macquarrie
Winner: Ian Cox, The Luminary
Stone Cold Stunner
Nominees: Ladybird Grove & Mess Hall, Lusca, Southbound, St. Cecilia, The Pig & The Pearl
Finalists: Ladybird Grove & Mess Hall, Lusca, St. Cecilia
Winner: Ladybird Grove & Mess Hall
Pop-Up of the Year
Winner: Jarrett Stieber, Eat Me Speak Me