Here's Who's Been Nominated for the 2013 Arizona Culinary Hall of Fame

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For over 20 years, the Scottsdale Culinary Festival and the Scottsdale League for the Arts have been presenting the Arizona Culinary Hall of Fame awards, where the best chefs, restaurateurs, and beverage masters in the state have secured a place in culinary history.

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This year, the Arizona Culinary Hall of Fame is ready to do it again by announcing its 2013 nominees. And this time, there's been a couple of updates.

For 2013, the Arizona Culinary Hall of Fame's nomination and voting body has been expanded to include peers, chefs, mixologists, organization leaders, board members, food critics, and those with a pulse on the food and beverage industry (think organizations like the American Culinary Federation Chefs Association of Arizona and the U.S. Bartenders Guild -- Phoenix Chapter).

Here are the 2013 nominees:

Chef of the Year
"The chef presenting the most breakthrough menu while offering outstanding execution across the board."
- Matt Carter (The House Brasserie)
- Bernie Kantak (Citizen Public House)
- Cullen Campbell (Crudo)

Restaurateur of the Year
"The restaurateur that exhibited exceptional operations, expansion (if applicable), and community development."
- Craig DeMarco & Lauren Bailey (Upward Projects)
- Sam Fox (Fox Restaurant Concepts)
- Pavle Milic & Charleen Badman (FnB Restaurant, AZ Wine Merchants, Bodega)

Beverage Master of the Year
"The mixologist, beverage director or sommelier that exhibited outstanding leadership behind the bar or in the wine cellar."
- Jason Asher (Young's Market Co.)
- Kim Haasarud (Liquid Architecture, Arizona Cocktail Week)
- Micah Olson (Bar Crudo)
- Richie Moe (Citizen Public House)

Lifetime Achievement
"The person who has exhibited long-term excellence in the Arizona culinary industry."
- Kevin Binkley
- Robert McGrath
- Christopher Gross
- Howard Seftel

Winners will be announced Friday, April 5, in advance of the Scottsdale Culinary Festival. The award presentation will take place at 2:30 p.m. at the Great Arizona Picnic, Saturday, April 13, inside the Epicurean Expo. Winners receive a trophy and $500 to be donated to the charitable organization of their choosing.

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Location Info

The House Brasserie

6936 E. Main St., Scottsdale, AZ

Category: Restaurant

Citizen Public House

7111 E. 5th Ave. Ste. E., Scottsdale, AZ

Category: Restaurant


3603 E. Indian School Road, Phoenix, AZ

Category: Restaurant

FnB Restaurant

7125 E. 5th Ave., Scottsdale, AZ

Category: Restaurant


7121 E. 5th Ave., Scottsdale, AZ

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Marianne Belardi
Marianne Belardi

Barb he'll have to wear a rubber Halloween mask -- who do you suggest? ;)

Steve Preis
Steve Preis

Great choices. I particularly like Seftel because I began following him when I moved here and he was working for New Times and Upward Projects because they are in my mind the leaders of the pack of local restaurateurs who spreading the word of good food and times in Phoenix.

Barb Walters Harris
Barb Walters Harris

love how Howard Seftel is being nominated for a lifetime achievement award. If he wins, how does he accept his prize without anyone recognizing him? ;)

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