The Winners are in

Winners Were Announced at the 2017 Golden Foodie Awards on September 24th at the Newport Beach Marriott Hotel & Spa

2017 Bartender of the Year:
Jose Zepeda - Hopscotch
Paul Joseph Piane - Orange Hill Restaurant
Tanner Johnson - Watertable

Winner: Jose Zepeda

2017 ​Best Cocktails in Orange County:
Farmhouse at Rogers Gardens
Vine Restaurant & Bar

Winner: Farmhouse at Roger’s Gardens​

2017 Best Bar Program:
The Ranch Restaurant
The Blind Rabbit
Vine Restaurant & Bar

Winner: The Ranch Restaurant

2017 Best Lunch Spot in Orange County:
The Deck 
Sgt. Pepperoni's 
Farmhouse at Roger's Gardens

Winner: Sgt. Pepperoni’s

2017 Best Brunch in Orange County:
Old Vine Cafe
Taco Rosa

Winner: Old Vine Cafe

2017 Best New Restaurant:
Taco Brat
Mix Mix
Recess Room

Winner: Mix Mix

​2017 Rising Star Chef of the Year:
Chef Joel Harrington - Lido Bottle Works
Chef JT Walker - Pacific Hideaway
Chef Manny Velasco - SOL Agave

Winner: Chef Manny Velasco - SOL Agave

2017 Favorite Food Influencer in Orange County:  
Connie Bang-Co Aboubakare - OC Comestibles 
Neil Saavedra - The Fork Report
Sondra Barker - Pretty Fit Foodie
Winner: Neil Saavedra - The Fork Report

​2017 Best Wine Program:
The Winery Restaurant & Wine Bar
Napa Rose
The Ranch Restaurant 

Winner: The Winery Restaurant & Wine Bar

2017 Best Beer Program​:

Winner: TAPS

2017 Outstanding Community Service:
Bruno Serrato - Anaheim White House
Dave Hanna - Hanna's Prime Steak
Pascal Olhats - Pascal's

Winner: Bruno Serrato - Anaheim White House

2017 Restaurateur of the Year :
Alicia Whitney - SeaSalt & SeaLegs, Huntington Beach
Teresa Razo - Villa Roma, Laguna Hills
Blake Mellgren - Craft House, Dana Point

Winner: Alicia Whitney - SeaSalt & SeaLegs, Huntington Beach

2017 Best Dessert Menu in Orange County: 
Ralph Brennan's Jazz Kitchen
Mixed Bakery

Winner: Ralph Brennan's Jazz Kitchen

2017 Best Entree in Orange County:
Cowboy Ribeye - The Ranch Restaurant
Bosscat Burger - Bosscat Kitchen+Libations
Korean Fried Chicken - Krave Asian Fusion Restaurant​

Winner: Cowboy Ribeye - The Ranch Restaurant

2017 Best Service Award:
The Winery Restaurant & Wine Bar
Selanne Steak Tavern
Villa Roma

Winner: Selanne Steak Tavern

2017 Pastry Chef of the Year:
David Rossi
Elyssa Fournier
Jorge Sotelo

Winner: Elyssa Fournier

2017 Chef of the Year:
Chef Rich Mead 
Chef Ross Pangilinan
Chef Michael Rossi

Winner: Chef Rich Mead 

2017 Lifetime Acheivement Award Winner:

Chef Alan Greeley

The Golden Foodies