The 4th Annual Golden Foodie Awards nominees have been announced by OC Restaurant Association. The 2015 event on Sept. 27 will be hosted by Food Network personality and broadcaster Simon Majumdar, who will announce the winners in 24 categories. The awards ceremony will be held at the Fairmont Newport Beach.
The Golden Foodies is the People’s Choice Food Awards that honors chefs, bartenders, chef-driven and independent restaurants in Orange County. Categories cover all restaurants from French to Indian and from Asian and Mediterranean to Vegetarian to Mexican. Awards also will be given for Best Bartender of the Year, Best Cocktail, Best Service, and, of course, Best New Restaurant of the Year, Best Chef of the Year, Best Pastry Chef, and many other awards.
The nominees for 2015 are:
Best Indian Cuisine: Royal Khyber, Adya, and Clay Oven
Best Mexican Cuisine: Tortilla Republic, Taco Maria, and Matador Cantina
Best Italian Cuisine: Bruno’s Italian Kitchen, Brick Pizzeria, and Antonello’s
Best French Cuisine: Pascal’s San Juan Capistrano, Bistro Bleu, and Cafe Beau Soleil
Best Asian Cuisine: Anqi, Sushi Noguchi, and Sushi Roku
Best Mediterranean Cuisine: Lucca Café, D’Vine ~ A Mediterranean Experience, and GG’s Cafe Bistro, Laguna Beach
Best Vegetarian Cuisine: Provenance, 118 Degrees, and Au Lac Restaurant
Bartender of the Year 2015: Alex Filkins, Wild Goose Tavern, Mike West, SOCIAL Costa Mesa, and Benjamin Gonzales, Hopscotch
Best Cocktails: The Blind Rabbit, Anaheim, Arc Food and Libations, Costa Mesa, and SOL Cocina, Newport Beach
Best Dessert: Maro Wood Grill, Laguna Beach, Ralph Brennan’s Jazz Kitchen, Anaheim, and
THE RANCH Restaurant & Saloon, Anaheim
Best Sushi: Bluefin Fine Japanese, Hamamori, and Riptide
Best Service: Anaheim White House, Villa Roma, and The Hobbit.
Best Beer: BRU Market and Grill, Haven Gastropub, and Hopscotch
Best Wine: The Winery Restaurant & Wine Bar, Selanne Steak Tavern, and Cucina Enoteca
Best Pizza: Pizzeria Ortica, Sapori, and Brick Pizzeria
Best Steak: The Ranch Restaurant, Arc Food and Libations, and Selanne Steak Tavern
Best Burger: Mick’s Karma Bar, Dory Deli, and 25 Degrees
Best Californian Cuisine: Social Costa Mesa, Sealegs, and Andrei’s Conscious Cuisine & Cocktails
Best Seafood: Scott’s Restaurant and Bar, Slapfish, and Bluewater Grill
The Peer’s Choice Awards nominees are:
Best New Restaurant: Waterman’s Harbor, Dana Point, Moulin Bistro, Newport Beach, and
SOCIAL , Costa Mesa
Chef of the Year: Chef Andrew Sutton of Napa Rose, Chef Ryan Adams of 370 Common, and
Craig Strong of Studio
Pastry Chef of the Year: Chef Lee Smith at Montage Laguna Beach, Ashley Guzman of The North Left in Santa Ana, and Chef Dave Rossi, The Ranch Restaurant in Anaheim.