It is time now—drumroll, trumpets, gongs.—to 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 in the continent that have defined this year in dining. We applaud them. You are hereby instructed to applaud them. So, without further ado—actually, a few quick pre-ambling thoughts....
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 Nashville.
Click through for the full rundown of winners across the country on Eater National.
Eater Awards 2013
Restaurant of the Year
Nominees: Etch Restaurant, Flyte World Dining & Wine, Husk Nashville, Lockeland Table, Rolf and Daughters
Finalists: Etch Restaurant, Husk Nashville, Lockeland Table
Winner: Husk Nashville
Chef of the Year:
Nominees: Erik Anderson, Philip Krajeck, Morgan McGlone, Deb Paquette, Tandy Wilson
Finalists: Philip Krajeck, Morgan McGlone, Deb Paquette
Winner: Philip Krajeck
So Hot Right Now
Nominees: The 404 Kitchen, The Farm House, GRAYS on Main, Husk Nashville, The Treehouse
Finalists: The Farm House, Husk Nashville, The Treehouse
Winner: The Farm House
Bartender of the Year
Nominees: Jeremiah Blake, Ben Clemons, Ed Kolb, Doug Monroe, Matt Tocco
Finalists: Ben Clemons, Doug Monroe, Matt Tocco
Winner: Ben Clemons
Stone Cold Stunner
Nominees: GRAYS on Main, Husk Nashville, Mason's Southern Provisions, Music City Tippler, The Treehouse
Finalists: GRAYS on Main, Music City Tippler, The Treehouse
Winner: Music City Tippler
Food Truck of the Year
Winner: Riffs Fine Street Food
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