It is time now—drumroll, trumpets, gongs—to announce the winners of the 2015 Eater Awards. In over a dozen categories in 24 cities, the winners comprise a diverse group of the finest and most interesting chefs, operators, and characters in the continent that have defined this year in dining. We applaud them. You are hereby instructed to applaud them.
To recap, Eater's local editors in 24 cities nominated candidates for five major local categories: Restaurant of the Year, Chef of the Year, Bartender 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 one to move forward. Without further ado, here's who came out on top in Los Angeles, though you'll want to check out our main site for a rundown on why each winner was chosen, plus a slew of national winners.
Eater Awards 2015
Restaurant of the Year
Chef of the Year
Nominees: Kris Morningstar (Terrine), Zack Pollack (Alimento), Ray Garcia (B.S. Taqueria/Broken Spanish), Nyesha Arrington (Leona), Wes Avila (Guerrilla Tacos)
Finalists: Kris Morningstar, Nyesha Arrington, Zack Pollack
Winner: Nyesha Arrington
Bartender of the Year
Nominees: Damian Windsor (Clifton's), Gaby Mlynarczyk (Birch), Devon Tarby (The Walker Inn), Ryan Wainwright (Terrine), Jason Eisner (Gracias Madre)
Finalists: Ryan Wainwright, Jason Eisner, Devon Tarby
Winner: Jason Eisner
So Hot Right Now
Stone Cold Stunner
Winner: Stephane Bombet (Terrine, Hanjip, Viviane)
Winner: Starry Kitchen