It is time now — drumroll, trumpets, gongs — to announce the winners of the 2014 Eater Awards. In over a dozen categories in 27 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 the winner. Our Eater National brain trust then got together to decide the national winners for those categories.
And now, without further ado, the winners in PDX.
Click through for the full rundown of winners across the country on Eater National.
Eater Awards 2014
Restaurant of the Year
Nominees: Davenport, Kachka, Lang Baan, Maurice, Nodoguro
Finalists: Lang Baan, Kachka, Nodoguro
Chef of the Year:
Nominees: Gregory Gourdet (Departure), Bonnie Morales (Kachka), Kristen Murray (Maurice), Earl Ninsom (Lang Baan), Ryan Roadhouse (Nodoguro)
Finalists: Gregory Gourdet, Bonnie Morales, Ryan Roadhouse
Winner: Gregory Gourdet
So Hot Right Now
Nominees: Bamboo Izakaya, BTU Brasserie, Pepe Le Moko, PREAM, Pok Pok Wing
Finalists: Bamboo Izakaya, Pepe Le Moko, PREAM
Winner: Bamboo Izakaya
Bartender of the Year
Nominees: Jeffrey Morgenthaler (Pepe Le Moko), Michelle Ruocco (The Bent Brick), Kelley Swenson (Angel Face), Angel Teta (Ataula), Kyle Webster (Expatriate)
Finalists: Jeffrey Morgenthaler, Michelle Ruocco, Angel Teta
Winner: Angel Teta
Stone Cold Stunner
Nominees: Angel Face, Bamboo Izakaya, Jackknife, Maurice, Nonna
Finalists: Bamboo Izakaya, Jackknife, Nonna
Nominees: Genoa, Pal's Shanty, Produce Row, Wildwood