Nominees have just been announced for the third-annual Johnson & Wales University's Zest Awards, which honor leaders in South Florida's culinary arts scene.
On March 19 from 7 to 9 p.m., the JWU North Miami campus will host the invitation-only event, which showcases our best and brightest in six award categories, including best restaurant, best bar/lounge, culinary innovator, baking/pastry innovator, newcomer of the year, and best food blogger. In addition, Richard Ingraham will receive a special community leader award.
The food blogger category is new for 2014 and is also the only award that is chosen by popular vote. Beginning today, people are encouraged to vote for their favorite food-related blog on the JWU.edu/zest website. You can vote only once; duplicate votes will be disqualified. Eleven local blogs are up for the Zest, including Short Order.
You're also encouraged to tweet about the Zests using @JWUNorthMiami, hashtag #JWUZest.
Here's the full rundown of nominees in all categories:
Giorgio Rapicavoli, Eating House
Timon Balloo, Sugarcane Raw Bar Grill
Aaron Brooks, Edge Steak & Bar
Jamie DeRosa, Tongue & Cheek
Newcomer of the Year
Tongue & Cheek
Baking & Pastry Innovator
Sylvain Marrari, The Setai Miami Beach
Hedy Goldsmith, Michael's Genuine Food & Drink
Zak Stern, Zak The Baker
Ricardo Trillos, Cao Chocolates