It is time now—drumroll, trumpets, gongs—to announce the winners of the 2014 Eater Awards.
In over a dozen categories in 24 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 and all the worthy nominees in each category.
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 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 one to move forward and the Eater.com braintrust got together to decide the national winners.
Without further ado, here's who came out on top in San Diego's 2014 Eater Awards.
Restaurant of the Year
Nominees: Común Kitchen & Tavern, Puesto at The Headquarters, Juniper & Ivy, Ironside Fish & Oyster and Don Chido
Finalists: Puesto at The Headquarters, Juniper & Ivy, Ironside Fish & Oyster and Don Chido (tie)
Winner: Juniper & Ivy
Chef of the Year
Nominees: Hanis Cavin, Richard Blais, Chad White, Jason McLeod, Joe Magnanelli
Finalists: Jason McLeod, Richard Blais, Chad White
Winner: Chad White, Común Kitchen & Tavern
So Hot Right Now
Nominees: The Patio on Goldfinch, Table No. 10, Común Kitchen & Tavern, Bottega Americano, Ironside Fish & Oyster
Finalists: Bottega Americano, Común Kitchen & Tavern, Ironside Fish & Oyster
Winner: Bottega Americano
Bartender of the Year
Nominees: Jen Queen, Trevor Easter, Anthony Schmidt, Eric Johnson, Christian Siglin
Finalists: Christian Siglin, Eric Johnson, Trevor Easter
Winner: Christian Siglin, Bankers Hill Bar + Restaurant
Stone Cold Stunner
Nominees: Puesto at The Headquarters, The Patio on Goldfinch, Ironside Fish & Oyster, OB Warehouse, Juniper & Ivy
Finalists: Ironside Fish & Oyster, The Patio on Goldfinch, Puesto at The Headquarters, OB Warehouse (tie)
Winner: Ironside Fish & Oyster
Saddest Shutter of the Year: Farm House Cafe