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The Winners Of The 2018 Golden Foodie Awards Are . . .

10.08.18

The 2018 Golden Foodie Awards was a night to remember as it celebrated the outstanding achievement of local culinary talent on Sunday, September 30 at the Newport Beach Marriott Hotel & Spa.

Guests indulged in an overwhelming array of food and drinks in the Rose Garden overlooking the golf course. Incredible culinary stations by; Angelina’s Pizzeria, Filomena’s, Pascal & Baja Shellfish Farms, Mix Mix Kitchen + Bar / Terrace by Mix Mix, Legado Bar + Kitchen, Urbana, Haute Productions, Wreckless, AnQi by House of An, Cambalache, Villa Roma and Georgia's.

Guest, top chefs, and food industry icons presented awards in 17 categories of culinary excellence. All winners took home prizes including the Golden Foodie Statue. For the first time, the Golden Foodie Awards had a tie between to nominees!  The restaurant of the Year Winners Teresa Razo and Javier Cuadra shared the win with tears and cheers.

You can see highlights from the party at Greer’s SoCal Show here.

Nominees & Winners of the 2018 Golden Foodies are:

2018 Chef of the Year
Michael Rossi, The Ranch Restaurant
Blake Mellgren, Craft House
Noah von Blom, Arc
WINNER: Noah von Blom

2018 Pastry Chef of the Year
Jamon Harper, Monarch Beach Resort
Dave Rossi, The Ranch Restaurant
Elyssa Fournier, Mixed Bakery
WINNER: Jamon Harper


2018 Best Brunch in Orange County
Taps Fish House and Brewery
Mix Mix Kitchen Bar
Orange Hill
WINNER: Taps Fish House and Brewery
 
2018 Rising Star Chef of the Year

Ross Pangilinan, Mix Mix Kitchen Bar
Shachi Mehra, ADYA
Peter Lai, The Blind Rabbit
WINNER: Ross Pangilinan, Mix Mix Kitchen Bar

2018 Favorite Food Influencer in Orange County
Connie Aboubakare - OC Comestibles
Cathy Thomas - Cathy Thomas Cooks
Edwin Goei - OCWeekly
WINNER: Connie Aboubakare - OC Comestibles

2018 Outstanding Community Service
Dave Hanna, Hanna’s Restaurant & Bar
Bruno Serato, Anaheim White House
Pascal Olhats, Pascal’s

WINNER: Dave Hanna, Hanna’s Restaurant & Bar
2018 Restaurateur of the Year
Javier Cuadra
Russ Bendel
Teresa Razo
WINNERS: Javier Cuadra & Teresa Razo

2018 Best Dessert Menu in Orange County
Mixed Bakery
AVEO Table Bar
The Ranch Restaurant
WINNER: The Ranch Restaurant
 
2018 Best Entree in Orange County

Prime Rib at the Summit House
Lobster & Garlic Noodles at AnQi
Cowboy Ribeye at The Ranch
WINNER: Prime Rib at the Summit House

2018 Best Service Award
Taco Rosa
Vine
The Winery Restaurant and Wine Bar
WINNER: The Winery Restaurant and Wine Bar

2018 Bartender of the Year
Lynette Lim, The Blind Rabbit
Tanner Johnson, Watertable
Stacy Kelly, Lodge Wood Fired Grill
WINNER: Lynette Lim, The Blind Rabbit
 
2018 What restaurant or bar serves the best cocktails in Orange County
The Blind Rabbit
Urbana
Farmhouse at Roger's Gardens
WINNER: The Blind Rabbit
 
2018 What restaurant has the best wine program in Orange County
Selanne Steak Tavern
The Winery Restaurant and Wine Bar
Napa Rose
WINNER: Selanne Steak Tavern
 
2018 What restaurant has the best beer program in Orange County
Iron Press
Lido Bottle Works
Provisions Market
WINNER: Provisions Market

2018 What restaurant or bar has the best bar program in Orange County?
The Blind Rabbit
The Ranch Restaurant Saloon
Watertable
WINNER: The Blind Rabbit

Best New Restaurant 2018
Oak Laguna Beach
Cambalache
Olea
WINNER: Olea

What is the best lunch spot in Orange County 2018
Taco Rosa
Farmhouse at Roger's Gardens
Sgt Pepperoni
WINNER: Taco Rosa
 



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