2014

2014 Winners & Finalists

Food Pioneer

winnersWinners: Craig DeMarco and Lauren Bailey, Upward Projects
Both founding partners of Upward Projects, one of Arizona’s most well-known restaurant groups, Craig DeMarco and Lauren Bailey are responsible for creating some of the Valley’s most notable restaurants. Th is dynamic duo works together to craft inspired spaces that are connected to the communities they serve; often working with historic or architecturally signifi cant buildings to maintain relevancy in the neighborhoods that surround.

Both DeMarco and Bailey were recently inducted into the 2014 Arizona Culinary Hall of Fame as Restaurateurs of the Year, and each is involved with Devour Phoenix; DeMarco serving as a founding member and Bailey as a steering committee member. DeMarco also serves as an active member of YPO — Arizona Chapter, while Bailey is a proud board member of Local First and was recognized by Th e Arizona Republic as one of 2012’s top 35 Entrepreneurs Under 35.

Finalists:

  • Sam Fox, Fox Restaurant Concepts
  • Joe Johnston, Agritopia, Joe’s Real BBQ, Joe’s Farm Grill and Liberty Market
Outstanding Food Truck

mainWinner: The Maine Lobster Lady

Finalists:

  • Hao Bao
  • Nogales Hot Dogs
UNIQUELY ARIZONA

elWinner: Elote

Finalists:

  • Cartwright’s Sonoran Ranch House
  • Quiessence at the Farm
OUTSTANDING MULTIPLE LOCATION RESTAURANT

mastroWinner: Mastro’s

Finalists:

  • Pita Jungle
  • Postino Winecafé
BEST DISH “STEAK”

durantsWinner: Durant’s

Finalists:

  • Bourbon Steak
  • Donovan’s Steak & Chop House
GOOD NEIGHBOR

commWinner: Community Kitchen

Finalists:

  • Upward Projects
  • The Vig
EMERGING RESTAURANT OF THE YEAR

copWinner: The Original ChopShop Co.

Finalists:

  • Gadzooks
  • The Henry
OUTSTANDING RESTAURANT CONCEPT

proofWinner: Proof

Finalists:

  • O.H.S.O Eatery + nanoBrewery
  • Posh
TOP CHEF

topchef
Winner: Gio Osso, Virtù

Finalists:

  • Chef Charleen Badman, FnB
  • Chef Cullen Campbell, Crudo
MASTER MIXOLOGIST

mixy
Winner: Stephanie Teslar, Hotel Palomar and Blue Hound Kitchen & Cocktails

Finalists:

  • Micah Olson, Bar Crudo
  • Andrew Record, Kadence Restaurant Group

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