With a flourish of cymbals, trumpets, and gongs (the Eater office is quite the musical place) we announce the winners of the 2013 Eater Awards. In over a dozen categories in 27 cities, the winners comprise a diverse group of the finest and most interesting chefs, operators, and characters that have defined this year in dining. We applaud them, and we urge you to do so as well. Continue on to this year's Louisville Award winners!
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 fêted 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 Louisville.
Click through for the full rundown of winners across the country on Eater National.
Eater Awards 2013
Restaurant of the Year
Nominees: Proof on Main, Milkwood, Decca, The Silver Dollar, Seviche
Finalists: Seviche, Milkwood, Decca
Chef of the Year:
Nominees: Levon Wallace, Annie Pettry, Tyler Morris, Coby Ming, Edward Lee
Finalists: Levon Wallace, Annie Pettry, Tyler Morris
Winner: Annie Pettry
So Hot Right Now
Nominees: Atlantic No. 5, El Camino, Jackknife Café, Milkwood, Feast BBQ
Finalists: El Camino, Feast BBQ, Atlantic No. 5
Winner: Feast BBQ
Bartender of the Year
Nominees: Michael Anderson, Bradley Hammond, Chris Wilkins, Joy Perrine, Susie Hoyt
Finalists: Susie Hoyt, Bradley Hammond, Michael Anderson
Winner: Susie Hoyt
Stone Cold Stunner
Nominees: El Camino, Milkwood. Atlantic No. 5, Down One Bourbon Bar, Sidebar
Finalists: El Camino, Down One Bourbon Bar, Sidebar
Winner: El Camino
Winner: Lynn's Paradise Cafe
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