JWU Zest Award Nominees Announced: Vote for Short Order

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:

Best Restaurant

Yardbird Southern Table & Bar

Sugarcane Raw Bar Grill


The Bazaar by Jose Andres



Best Bar/Lounge

Blackbird Ordinary

Bar Centro at SLS Hotel South Beach

Regent Cocktail Club at the Gale Hotel

St. Regis Bar at the St. Regis Bal Harbour

Wynwood Kitchen & Bar

Patpong Road

Culinary Innovator

Giorgio Rapicavoli, Eating House

Timon Balloo, Sugarcane Raw Bar Grill

Aaron Brooks, Edge Steak & Bar

Jamie DeRosa, Tongue & Cheek

Newcomer of the Year

Bocce Bar

Swine Southern Table & Bar

Restaurant Michael Schwartz at the Raleigh

Tongue & Cheek

Oak Tavern

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

Food Bloggers

Burger Beast

Eater Miami

Food for Thought

Miami Dish

Short Order- Miami New Times

Fat Girl Hedonist

Thrillist Miami

South Florida Food and Wine


Chat Chow

Adventures of the Foodaholic

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