Third Annual The Munchies: People’s Choice Food Awards

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The Munchies: People’s Choice Food Awards is back again with the third annual food award program celebrating the best food experiences and culinary tastemakers throughout America! Launching today in partnership with “Bizarre Foods” host Andrew Zimmern and General Mills’ Tablespoon.com, a wide-ranging expert panel of 40 celebrity foodies has developed a list of nominees that represents the best of the best in the food world. Voting is now live and continues through March 31 at Tablespoon.com/themunchies!

  • The Munchies is honoring 20 categories of the most delicious food experiences America has to offer – from the best food truck, to the best food city, to the best chef – by calling on the public to award the most deserving via online voting February 24 – March 31.
  • Andrew Zimmern is leading the wide-ranging panel of more than 40 celebrity foodies who developed the list of nominees.
  • A donation to Feeding America will be made on behalf of all of the voters and panelists.

The panel of more than 40 food celebrities shared their culinary perspectives to determine the 100 Munchies nominees across three groups of categories:

Terrific Tastemakers gives props to the media and personalities who make the food world delicious, from the Best Food TV Show to the Best Food Magazine.

Best Bites honors the most intriguing interpretations of our favorite foods, like the Best Donut and the Best Taco.

Delicious Destinations pays homage to the haunts that keep us coming back for more from Best Brunch Spot to Best Late Night Food.

Terrific Tastemakers Nominees

Best Food TV Show  Cutthroat Kitchen, Food Network MasterChef Junior, Fox Parts Unknown, CNN Restaurant Impossible, Food Network Top Chef, Bravo

Best Food TV Personality Adam Richman, Amazing Eats, Travel ChannelBobby Flay, The Next Food Network Star, Food Network Lidia Bastianich, Lidia’s Italy, PBS Mario Batali, The Chew, ABC Tom Colicchio, Top Chef, Bravo

Best Food Magazine Bon Appétit, Condé Nast Food & Wine Food Network Magazine, Hearst Lucky Peach, McSweeney’s Saveur, Bonnier Corporation

Best Food Blog or Site  Eater Food52 Grub Street Smitten Kitchen Tasting Table

Best Chef April Bloomfield, The Spotted Pig, New York, NY David Chang, Momofuku, New York, NY

Michael White, Marea, New York, NY Paul Kahan, Blackbird, Chicago, IL Sean Brock, Husk, Charleston, SC

Best New Cookbook

L.A. Son, Roy Choi, HarperCollins

Pok Pok, Andy Ricker, Ten Speed Press

Smoke & Pickles, Edward Lee, Artisan

The Gramercy Tavern Cookbook, Michael Anthony, Clarkson Potter

The New Midwestern Table, Amy Thielen, Clarkson Potter

Best Bites Nominees

Best Pizza Flour+Water, San Francisco, CA Motorino, New York, NY Pizzeria Bianco, Phoenix, AZ Pizzeria Mozza, Los Angeles, CA Roberta’s, Brooklyn, NY

Best Burger Au Cheval, Chicago, IL B Spot Burgers, Cleveland, OH Father’s Office, Los Angeles, CA Shake Shack, New York, NY Umami Burger, Los Angeles, CA

Best BBQ Arthur Bryant’s, Kansas City, MO Big Bob Gibson Bar-B-Q, Decatur, AL Dinosaur Bar-B-Que, Syracuse, NY Franklin Barbeque, Austin, TX Pappy’s Smokehouse, St. Louis, MO

Best Taco Big Star, Chicago, IL Frontera Grill, Chicago, IL La Esquina, New York, NY La Taqueria, San Francisco, CA Taqueria del Sol, Atlanta, GA

Best Ice Cream Bi-Rite Creamery, San Francisco, CA Humphry Slocombe, San Francisco, CA Izzy’s Ice Cream, St. Paul, MN

Molly Moon Ice Cream, Seattle, WA

Scoops Westside, Los Angeles, CA

Best Donut Dominique Ansel Bakery, New York, NY Doughnut Plant, New York, NY Gourdough’s Big. Fat. Donuts., Austin, TX Top Pot Doughnut, Seattle, WA Voodoo Doughnut, Portland, OR

Best Bloody Mary Icehouse, Minneapolis, MN Longman & Eagle, Chicago, IL The Nook, Atlanta, GA Prune, New York City, NY Sobelman’s, Milwaukee, WI

Delicious Destinations Nominees

Best Food Truck East Side King, Austin, TX Big Gay Ice Cream, New York, NY Fojol Bros., Washington D.C. Guerrilla Street Food, St. Louis, MO Red Hook Lobster Pound. New York, NY

Best Coffee Shop Barista Parlor, Nashville, TN Blue Bottle Coffee,  Oakland, CA Dunkin’ Donuts, Boston, MA Intelligentsia, Chicago, IL Stumptown Coffee Roasters, Portland, OR

Best Farmers Market Dane County Farmers’ Market, Madison, WI Ferry Plaza Farmers Market, San Francisco, CA Portland Farmers Market, Portland, OR Santa Monica Farmers Market, Santa Monica, CA Union Square Greenmarket, New York, NY

Best Food City

Austin, TX

Los Angeles, CA

New York, NY

Portland, OR

San Francisco, CA

Best Craft Brewery

Boulevard Brewing Co., Kansas City, MO

Brooklyn Brewery, Brooklyn, NY

Dogfish Head Craft Brewery, Milton, DE

Founders Brewing Co., Grand Rapids, MI

Surly Brewing Co., Minneapolis, MN

Best Brunch Spot

Barney Greengrass, New York, NY

Hominy Grill, Charleston, SC

Michael’s Genuine Food & Drink, Miami, FL

Tasty n Sons, Portland, OR

The Publican, Chicago, IL

Best Late Night Food

Gigi, Miami, FL

Great NY Noodletown, New York, NY

Holeman & Finch Public House, Atlanta, GA

Magnolia Café, Austin, TX

The Spotted Pig, New York, NY

The Munchies 2014 Expert Panel

Andrew Zimmern, Chef, Author & Host/Creator of “Bizarre Foods”

Allen Salkin, Journalist & Author of “From Scratch: Inside the Food Network”

Amanda Hesser, Co-founder, Food52

Amy Thielen, Chef, Author & TV Host

Andrew Carmellini, Chef & Author

Andrew Haley, Educator & Author

Andy Ricker, Chef/Owner, Pok Pok Restaurants

Angie Dudley, Bakerella & Author of “Cake Pops”

Arthur Bovino, Executive Editor, The Daily Meal

Bill Esparza, Blogger/Writer, Los Angeles Magazine & TV Host

Brady Lowe, CEO, Taste Network & Founder, Cochon 555

Caryl Chinn, Vice President of Culinary Events, Octagon

Clarissa Wei, Food Writer & Assistant Producer, KCET

Colman Andrews, Editorial Director, TheDailyMeal.com

Dara Moskowitz Grumdahl, Restaurant/Wine Critic, Food Writer & Host of “Off the Menu”

Dean McDermott, Actor & The Gourmet Dad

Eddie Huang, Chef, TV Personality & Owner, BaoHaus

Fuchsia Dunlop,                Cook & Writer

Gerard Ford Craft, Executive Chef & Owner, Niche Restaurant

Hugh Acheson, Chef & Author

Ingrid Hoffman, Celebrity Chef, TV Host & Author of “Latin D’Lite”

Jeannie Mai, Co-Host, “The Real” Talk Show Link doesn’t work

Jeni Britton Bauer, Founder & Creative Director, Jeni’s Splendid Ice Creams

Jenn Louis, Chef/Owner, Lincoln & Sunshine Tavern

Jennifer V. Cole, Deputy Editor, Southern Living

Joel Stein, Columnist, Time Magazine

Jonathon Sawyer, Chef/Owner, The Greenhouse Tavern, NoodleCat, Tavern Vinegar Co, Sawyer’s Street Frites & SeeSaw Pretzel Shoppe

Jordana Rothman, Food & Drink Writer

Kristen Olson, Senior Food Editor, The Betty Crocker Kitchens

Laura Werlin, Cheese Author & Edu-tainer

Lee Brian Schrager, VP of Corporate Communications & National Events, Southern Wine & Spirits of America, Inc.

Merrill Stubbs, Co-founder, Food52

Michael Ruhlman, Author

Michelle Bernstein, Chef, Restaurateur & Host of “Check Please! South Florida”

Pat LaFrieda, Chief Executive Officer, Pat LaFrieda Meat Purveyors

Paula Disbrowe Writer, Cookbook Author & Contributing Editor, Southern Living

Randy Fisher, President & Founding Partner, CREaM

Sean Brock, Executive Chef/Partner

Steven Brown, Partner/Executive Director, Tilia

Suvir Saran, Chef/Owner, American Masala

Willie Degel, Restaurateur & Host of “Restaurant Stakeout”

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