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The Live Show

The Tastys are hosted by Matty Matheson of VICELAND's Dead Set on Life!

The Tastys are hosted by Matty Matheson of VICELAND's Dead Set on Life!

We're thrilled to raise the curtain of year two of The Tastys: A celebration of what's inspiring the new generation of eaters, drinkers, and innovators hosted by Matty Matheson of VICELAND's Dead Set on Life. Nominees for 2017 are now in- check them out here!

We’re pushing the boundaries of what a food awards program can be, putting our focus on culture, innovation, and diversity. With over 25 award categories including best food startup, best food blog, and best non-profit, we're toasting chefs, restaurants, food media, and more for their great taste. 

This isn't your regular golf-claps awards ceremony, either: our live show brings energy to the format with a DJ Dhundee, engaging demos with chefs and comedians and much more — not to mention your favorite chefs and cultural influencers all in attendance. 

The Academy

The Taste Tastys Academy is comprised of influential members of food and drink community from around the country. Academy members vote in two rounds of voting: they vote submissions into nominees, and nominees into winners. Submissions for all awards categories are open to the public. 

The Winners & Nominees

Check out who made the cut to be a nominee in the 2017 Tasty Awards — and discover the winners annouced at the live awards show!



New Chef: East

  • Camille Becerra, De Maria (New York)
  • Camille Cogswell, Zahav (Philadelphia)
  • Jonah Reider, Pith (New York)
  • Daniel Rose, Le Coucou (New York)
    WINNER: Greg Baxtrom, Olmsted (Brooklyn)


New Chef: South

  • Brad Kilgore, Alter (Miami)
  • Ryan Lachaine, Riel (Houston)
  • Rebecca Wilcomb, Herbsaint (New Orleans)
  • Justin Yu, Better Luck Tomorrow (Houston)
    WINNER: Nina Compton, Compère Lapin (New Orleans)


New Chef: West

  • Peter Cho, Han Oak (Portland)
  • Edouardo Jordan, Salare (Seattle)
  • Johnny Lee, Side Chick (California)
  • Pretti Mistry, Navi Kitchen, Juhu Beach Club (San Francisco)
    WINNER: Sara Kramer & Sarah Hymanson, Kismet (LA)


New Chef: North

  • Michael Gallina, Vicia (St. Louis)
  • Sarah Grueneberg, Monteverde (Chicago)
  • David Posey, Elske (Chicago)
  • Jason Vincent, Giant (Chicago)
    WINNER: Ann Kim, Young Joni (Minneapolis)


Outstanding Chef

  • Dan Barber, Blue Hill (New York)
  • Roy Choi and Dan Patterson (Oakland)
  • Dominique Crenn, Atelier Crenn (San Francisco)
  • Daniel Humm, Eleven Madison Park and The NoMad (New. York)
    WINNER: Alice Waters, Chez Panisse (Berkeley)


New Restaurant: East

  • ATLA (New York)
  • Juliet (Boston)
  • Nina June (Rockport, ME)
  • Res Ipsa (Philadelphia)
    WINNER: Lilia (Brooklyn)


New Restaurant: South

  • Bastion (Nashville)
  • Kemuri Tatsu-Ya (Austin)
  • McCrady's Tavern (Charleston)
  • Q by Peter Chang (Bethesda, MD)
    WINNER: Pineapple and Pearls (Washington, DC)


New Restaurant: West

  • Destroyer (Los Angeles)
  • Felix (Los Angeles)
  • In Situ (San Francisco)
  • Tusk (Portland)
    WINNER: JuneBaby (Seattle)


New Restaurant: North

  • Grand Cafe (Minneapolis)
  • Lady of the House (Detroit)
  • Mi Tocaya Antojería (Chicago)
  • Young Joni (Minneapolis) 
    WINNER: Elske (Chicago)



  • Blackbird (Chicago))
  • Del Posto (New York)
  • Manresa (Los Gatos, CA)
  • Providence (Los Angeles)
    WINNER: Blue Hill at Stone Barns (New York

Pastry Chef

  • Roger Gural, Arcade Bakery (New York)
  • Ghaya Oliveira, Daniel (New York)
  • Zak Stern, Zak the Baker (Miami)
  • Fabian von Hauske, Contra (New York)
    WINNER: Elisabeth Prueitt, Tartine (San Francisco)


Bar Program

  • Columbia Room (Washington, D.C.)
  • Lost Lake (Chicago)
  • Midnight Rambler (Dallas)
  • Nitecap (New York)
    WINNER: Trick Dog (San Francisco)



  • Aska (Brooklyn)
  • Been (San Francisco)
  • Le Coucou (New York)
  • The Grill (New York)
    WINNER: Alinea (Chicago)




  • Candy is Magic by Jami Curl
  • On Vegetables by Jeremy Fox & Noah Galuten
  • Salad For President: A Cookbook Inspired by Artists by Julia Sherman
  • Victuals: An Appalachian Journey, With Recipes by Ronni Lundy
    WINNER: Salt, Fat, Acid, Heat: Mastering the Elements of Good Cooking by Samin Nosrat

Food Literature Book

  • Cork Dork by Bianca Bosker
  • Never Out of Season: How Having the Food We Want When We Want It Threatens Our Food Supply and Our Future by Rob Dunn
  • Potlikker Papers by John T. Edge
  • Wine. All The Time by Marissa Ross
    WINNER: Grocery: The Buying and Selling of Food in America by Michael Ruhlman



  • A Proper Drink by Robert Simonson
  • Shake. Stir. Sip.: More Than 50 Effortless Cocktails Made in Equal
  • The Dirty Guide to Wine: Following Flavor from Ground to Glass by Alice Feiring
  • Where Bartenders Drink by Adrienne Stillman
    WINNER: Meehan's Bartender Manual by Jim Meehan


Food television show

  • Dead Set On Life
  • Driven by Food
  • Huang's World
  • Samurai Gourmet
    WINNER: Anthony Bourdain Parts Unknown


Web video or series

  • Byron Talbott
  • Cooking in America
  • Hot Ones (First We Feast)
  • Our Heart Within Us (The Perennial Plate)
    WINNER: The Food Lab



  • Clare Barboza (clarebarboza.com)
  • Christopher Boffoli (bigappetites.net)
  • Chris Court (chriscourt.com)
  • Maciek Jasik (maciekjasik.com)
    WINNER: Evan Sung (evansung.com) 


Radio Show or Podcast

  • Bite - Tom Philpott, Kiera Butler, and Maddie Oatman for Mother Jones
  • Speaking Broadly - Dana Cowin for Heritage Radio
  • The Super Amazing Restaurant Show - Alvin Cailan, Nakul & Arjun Mahendro
  • The Racist Sandwich - Soleil Ho, Zahir Janmohamed & Juan Diego Ramirez
    WINNER: Good Food - Evan Kleiman for KCRW


Magazine or Zine

  • Cherry Bombe
  • Gather Journal
  • Milk Street Magazine
  • The Cleaver Quarterly
    WINNER: Lucky Peach


Online Media Website

  • First We Feast (firstwefeast.com)
  • Munchies (munchies.tv)
  • New York Times Cooking (cooking.nytimes.com)
  • The New Food Economy (newfoodeconomy.com)
    WINNER: Eater (eater.com)


Culinary Blog

  • Dine x Design, Kristin Guy
  • Husbands That Cook, Adam Merrin & Ryan Alvarez
  • Two For The Bar, Talia Kleinplatz
  • Wild Greens and Sardines, Linda Schneider
    WINNER: The Food Lab on Serious Eats, J. Kenji López-Alt


Magazine / Newspaper article

  • "Bernard Baff and the Kosher Killers" by Tove Danovich for Lucky Peach
  • "Feeding the prison system: Some inmates buy way around institutional cooking" by Hanna Raskin for The Post and Courier
  • "Journey to the Home of Korea's Mother Sauces" by Matt Rodbard for Saveur
  • "The Most Exclusive Restaurant in America" by Nick Paumgarten for the New Yorker
    WINNER: "A Day in the Life of a Food Vendor" by Tejal Rao for the New York Times


Restaurant review

  • "Founding Fathers review: Zero stars for the mega-popular D.C. eatery" by Tom Sietsema for The Washington Post
  • "Is The World Ready For the Austere Beauty of Günter Seeger?" by Bill Addison for Eater
  • "The Crushing Disappointment of L'Arpège" by Ryan Sutton for Eater
  • "Union Square Cafe Returns, With More Than a Dash of Déja Vu" by Pete Wells for the New York Times
    WINNER: "Trump Grill Could Be the Worst Restaurant in America" by Tina Nguyen for Vanity Fair



  • Beyond Meat 
  • Farmer's Fridge
  • Habit
  • Modern Meadow
    WINNER: Impossible Foods



  • Heritage Radio Network
  • Pilot Light
  • The Melting Pot Foundation
  • The Patachou Foundation
    WINNER: No Kid Hungry

Environmental, Agricultural, or Sustainable Innovation

  • L.A. Kitchen
  • MIT Media Lab Open Agriculture Initiative (OpenAg)
  • Saltwater Brewery
  • Square Roots
    WINNER: Seafood Watch, Monterey Bay Aquarium

Academic Institution or Organization

  • Brigaid
  • The Culinary Institute of America
  • Journee
  • SF Cooking School
    WINNER: Southern Foodways Alliance

The After-Party

The Tastys is followed by an after party celebrating the winners, nominees and (of course) the future of taste. Food, drink and music to match the incredible talent and imagination recognized at the Taste Talks Food & Drink Awards make it a party unlike any other.

The Bartenders

Jeremy Oertel has been bartending in NYC for 13 years. His interest in craft cocktails began when he was on the opening staff at Dram, in South Williamsburg, where he was fortunate enough to work alongside some of the best bartenders in the city. He also worked at Mayahuel, a Tequila/Mezcal focused cocktail bar for 3 1/2 years and now currently has a position at Death & Co. He is currently the beverage director and a partner at Donna Cocktail Club in Brooklyn. His cocktails have been featured in Esquire, GQ, Details, The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, Food and Wine, Time Out New York, New York Magazine, The Huffington Post, The New Yorker, among others. He has been featured on Mike Colemeco’s Real Food on PBS and was a featured Mixologist alongside his wife on Food Network’s, "Iron Chef America”. He was named a Food & Wine top 25 Rising Star Mixologist in 2015.

Natasha David was born in Germany to musician parents with a hectic, globe -trotting itinerary. At 18 , David moved to New York City to attend New York University. While a freshman, she got her first restaurant job—bartending in an East Village Irish Pub.  By her senior year at NYU, David was the assistant general manager at the Corner Shop Café. During this time she was offered an opening bartending position at Woodson & Ford. The cocktail bug took form. From there David has worked behind countless bars including Danny Meyer’s Maialino, Keith McNally’s Pulinos, Maison Premiere, Mayahuel and Donna. She opened Nitecap, where she is a co-owner, in 2014 with partners David Kaplan and Alex Day. Her cocktails have been featured in many publications and online journals such as the New York Times, Wine & Spirits Magazine, Nylon, Time Out New York, Elle Japan, Punch, Tasting Table, Food & Wine, GQ. Details,Vogue and Travel & Leisure. Natasha’s cocktails have also been published in multiple books including Sherry: A Modern Guide to the Wine World’s Best Kept Secret, Amaro and Spritz. Natasha was awarded Zagat’s 2014: 30 Under 30, Eaters 2014New York and National Bartender of the Year and was named a 2015 Star Chefs Rising Star.


Together they run a consulting company called You and Me Cocktails. Some of their projects include Soho Grand Hotel, The Saguaro Hotel Palm Springs, The Roxy Hotel, MADE Hotel, Paul’s Baby Grand, Dear Bushwick

The Winning Menu