The time has come — drumroll, trumpets, gongs — to announce the winners of the 2013 Eater Awards. Representing a dozen categories in 27 cities, the winners comprise a diverse group of the finest chefs, operators and characters from the year that was 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/Wine Geek 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 Montreal.
Click through for the full rundown of winners across the continent on Eater National.
Eater Awards 2013
Restaurant of the Year
Nominees: Hôtel Herman, Impasto, Maison Publique, Pastaga, Le Vin Papillon
Finalists: Hôtel Herman, Maison Publique, Le Vin Papillon
Winner: Le Vin Papillon
Chef of the Year:
Nominees: Derek Dammann, Fisun Ercan, Michele Forgione, Marc-Alexandre Mercier, Michelle Marek and Seth Gabrielse
Finalists: Derek Dammann, Michele Forgione, Marc-Alexandre Mercier
Winner: Derek Dammann
So Hot Right Now
Nominees: Gus, Maïs, Mezcla, Micro Resto La Famille, Orange Rouge
Finalists: Maïs, Micro Resto La Famille, Orange Rouge
Winner: Micro Resto La Famille
Wine Geek of the Year
Nominees: Isabel Bordeleau, Vanya Filipovic, Ryan Gray, Etheliya Hananova, David Ward
Finalists: Isabel Bordeleau, Vanya Filipovic, Etheliya Hananova
Winner: Vanya Filipovic
Stone Cold Stunner
Nominees: Grinder, Le H4C, Hambar, Maison Boulud, Mangiafoco
Finalists: Grinder, Le H4C, Mangiafoco
Winner: Joël Chapoulie, the original and longtime chef of L'Express, who retired in 2012 after more than three decades at the nonpareil rue Saint-Denis bistro.
· All Coverage of Eater Awards 2013 [EMTL]