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Drumroll, please… Last night, Time Out New York announced the 2012 Food & Drink Awards winners during their industry awards event at Skylight West. Hosted by Time Out’s Food & Drink editor, Jordana Rothman, the annual culinary celebration honors the city’s best restaurants, chefs, bars and mixologists. “It’s been great to see so many restaurants and bars breaking the grip of comfort food and exploring fresh new terrain,” says Jordana. “This year’s list of winners is incredibly diverse, but what unites them all…is a sure-footed confidence.”
TONY’s food-loving readers casted more than 100,000 votes to determine ten winners in the Readers’ Choice categories—top honors included Best New Restaurant (The Dutch), Chef of the Year (Seamus Mullen, Tertulia), Best New Beer Bar (La Birreria), Best New Cocktails (Maison Premiere), Best Spin-Off (Parm) and Best New Pizza (Forcella). Additionally, ten Critics’ Picks were presented, in aptly named categories ranging from The Instant Classic Award (Il Buco Alimentari & Vineria) and The Intergalactic Kitten Award (Isa), to Best Dim Sum Provocateur (RedFarm) and Best Love Letter to the Philippines (Maharlika Filipino Moderno).
Guests took in stunning 360-degree views of the Manhattan skyline, sipped beer, wine and spirits from Stella Artois and Frederick Wildman & Sons, and nibbled on treats from nominated spots such as Fatty ‘Cue, Il Buco Alimentari & Vineria, Zucker Bakery, Bien Cuit and Dominique Ansel Bakery. For the full list of this year’s winners, click here.
Many congrats to all the winners and nominees!
“It’s all about the meat on meat, baby!” exclaimed Michael Symon as he proudly displayed his second People’s Choice Award trophy during last year’s 2011 SOBEWFF Burger Bash. A year later, his meat mixing mastery has paid off again.
“This year, we ground the bacon right into the burger meat,” said Symon of his winning Porky Burger — a bacon-speckled ground pork patty topped with pulled pork and slaw, with crispy pork cracklings on the side.
One of the most popular events of the Festival, the annual “best between the bun” throwdown hosted by Rachael Ray drew dozens of top name chefs and Food Network personalities from around the country to cook up their best burger creations. Thousands of attendees gathered into a massive Miami beachfront tent to nosh on a whopping amount of burgers and sides, sip Amstel Light and vote for their favorite patty.
There were 32 different burgers in all — more than enough to satisfy even the hungriest carnivores. Josh Capon (Burger & Barrel) put a sweet and savory spin on his with onion and bacon jam, shaved pickles and secret sauce, while Angelo Sosa (Social Eatz) spiced things up with his Korean-inspired bulgogi burger. The Meatball Shop guys impressed during their Bash debut with a chili-flavored cheddar and caramelized onion version, and the Amstel Light-sponsored Fatty ‘Cue patty from Zak Pelaccio was also a favorite—succulent lamb meat with salted chilis and rye barrel aged worcestershire.
Surprisingly, beloved burger joint Shake Shack switched up their classic Shack Burger for an American and applewood smoked bacon-topped beef patty slathered with pepper relish and Shack Sauce. Not surprisingly, Guy Fieri, Bobby Flay and Rachael Ray drew the biggest fan mobs.
Event judges Gail Simmons, Emeril Lagasse, Marc Murphy and Susie Fogelson picked the crispy shallot, bacon and swiss burger from Whisk for the Golden Grill Award, and Guy Fieri snagged the Heinz Best Dressed Award for topping his bacon patty with thick tomato, onion rings and oozy “donkey sauce.” Many congrats to all the participants — this year’s Bash was juicier than ever!