Chefs, restaurateurs and food journalists descended on the Fairmont Newport Beach hotel Sunday to celebrate the achievement of local culinary experts.
The Golden Foodie Awards, now in their fourth year, recognize the best culinary stars at independent Orange County restaurants and are the people’s choice of food awards.
Culinary writer and Food Network television personality Simon Majumdar led the ceremony and bestowed the 14-karat gold Golden Foodie statues on winners.
The winners were announced at Sunday’s gala, which the Los Angeles Times, parent company of the Daily Pilot sponsored.
Here are the winners of the 2015 Golden Foodie Awards:
Best Cocktails: The Blind Rabbit (Anaheim)
Bartender of the Year 2015: Alex Filkins (Wild Goose Tavern, Costa Mesa)
Best Food Talk Radio: “The Fork Report” with Neil Saavedra
Best Food Writer: Cathy Thomas
Best Sushi: Hamamori Restaurant & Sushi Bar (Costa Mesa)
Best Dessert: Maro Wood Grill (Laguna Beach)
Best Service Award: Anaheim White House
Best Indian Cuisine: Adya (Anaheim)
Best Mexican Cuisine: Taco Maria (Costa Mesa)
Best Italian Cuisine: Brunos Italian Kitchen (Brea)
Best French Cuisine: Pascal (San Juan Capistrano)
Best Asian Cuisine: AnQi (Costa Mesa)
Best Mediterranean Cuisine: Lucca Cafe (Irvine)
Best Vegetarian Cuisine: Provenance (Newport Beach)
Best Beer: Haven Gastropub (Orange)
Best Wine: Selanne Steak Tavern (Laguna Beach)
Best Pizza: Brick Pizzeria (San Clemente)
Best Steak: The Ranch Restaurant (Anaheim)
Best Burger: Mick’s Karma Bar (Irvine)
Best Californian Cuisine: Social Costa Mesa
Best Seafood: Scott’s Restaurant and Bar (Costa Mesa)
Best New Restaurant: Social Costa Mesa
Pastry Chef of the Year: Ashley Guzman (The North Left, Santa Ana)
Chef of the Year: Andrew Sutton (Napa Rose, Anaheim)