It's time now to announce the winners of the 2014 Eater Awards. In over a dozen categories in 24 cities, the winners constitute a diverse group of the finest and most interesting chefs, operators, and characters from coast to coast that have defined this year in dining. We applaud them, and we hereby invite you to join us in applauding them.
To recap, Eater's local editors in 24 cities nominated candidates for five major local categories: Restaurant of the Year, Chef of the Year, Bartender of the Year, So Hot Right Now, 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 one to move forward and the Eater.com brain trust got together to decide the national winners.
Without further ado, here's who came out on top in Philadelphia.
Eater Awards 2014
Restaurant of the Year
Nominees: Petruce et al., Laurel, The Fat Ham, Townsend, High Street on Market
Finalists: Petruce et al., The Fat Ham, Townsend
Winner: Petruce et al.
Chef of the Year
Nominees: Nick Elmi (Laurel), Joe Cicala (Brigantessa), Mike Solomonov (Abe Fisher/Dizengoff), Kevin Sbraga (The Fat Ham), Eli Kulp (High Street on Market)
Finalists: Nick Elmi, Mike Solomonov, Kevin Sbraga
Winner: Mike Solomonov of Abe Fisher/Dizengoff, etc.
So Hot Right Now
Nominees: V Street, Brigantessa, Dizengoff, Stock, La Colombe Fishtown
Finalists: La Colombe Fishtown, Dizengoff, V Street
Bartender of the Year
Nominees: Matt Wolfe (V Street), Phoebe Esmon (The Yachtsman), Dan Carr (The Fat Ham), Paul MacDonald (Society Hill Society), George Costa (Petruce et al.)
Finalists: Matt Wolfe, Paul MacDonald, Dan Carr
Winner: Paul MacDonald of Society Hill Society
Stone Cold Stunner
Nominees: Tria Taproom, Aldine, Capofitto, La Peg, Le Cheri
Finalists: Tria Taproom, Capofitto, La Peg