Outstanding Restaurateur: Stephen Starr
Having been nominated as a finalist or semi-finalist for an award every year since 2008, Starr finally won the Outstanding Restaurateur award. His small restaurant empire includes NYC darlings such as Buddakan, The Clocktower, Morimoto and Upland.
Best New Restaurant: Le Coucou
Starr’s romatic French restaurant Le Coucou, run by chef Daniel Rose, took home the award for Best New Restaurant in the country, beating Olmsted in Brooklyn, Pineapple and Pearls in Washington D.C., Tartine Manufactory, and In Situ in San Francisco.
Best Chef, New York City: Marco Canora
Marco Canora won the best chef award for his East Village restaurant Hearth. The chef has run the restaurant for some years but relaunched it last January to give it a more health-conscious menu after a personal health crisis.
Outstanding Pastry Chef: Ghaya Oliveria
Longtime Daniel Boulud pastry chef Ghaya Oliveira won this year after a three previous nominations. The erstwhile stock trader-turned pastry chef, who originally hails from Tunisia, joined Cafe Boulud in 2001 and moved to Boulud’s Daniel in 2013.
Outstanding Service: Blue Hill at Stone Barns
Blue Hill at Stone Barns, Dan Barber’s high-end farm-to-table restaurant serving tasting menus in a refurbished barn, won the award for Outstanding Service.