Last evening, Miami chefs, bartenders, wine experts, and restaurateurs gathered at the Rusty Pelican for the eighth-annual Zest Awards.
The awards were founded by Johnson & Wales University to honor the most gifted professionals in Miami's culinary community. This unique, local awards ceremony has become a valuable and coveted "win" for Miami's culinary professionals.
The Zests, hosted by
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Last year, Ralph Pagano was celebrated for his courage. This year, Brustman Carrino's Larry Carrino received the Zest Character award for his efforts in promoting Miami's growing culinary presence, along with his charitable work in the community.
The Wynwood Yard was presented with the annual Community Leader award for its indelible mark as a culinary incubator and a place where people could socialize and learn in a communal space.
This year, Stubborn Seed was the big winner, with the restaurant picking up the Best Boutique Restaurant award. In addition, chef Jeremy Ford was named Chef of the Year for his work there.
Other winners included