Saucy Awards 2017 Hits The Web & The Winners Are Revealed

When restaurants talk greatly about other restaurants, it’s a recipe for crowning achievements across the board.

Being the first ever industry-driven awards, the Saucy Awards are becoming hot news for their unbiased opinions on what? Food. Sorry, terrible critics, who want to have the last laugh but the heart of soul of the Bay Area lies with the people who feed it.

Without further ado, here are the winners of this year’s Saucy Awards 2017; the winners are bolded in their lists:

Photo by Diane RommelPhoto by Diane Rommel

Photo by Diane Rommel

Chef of the Year:

Jordan Keao of ‘aina
Stuart Brioza of The Progress
Srijith Gopinathan of Taj Campton Place
Melissa Perello of Octavia and Frances


Pastry Chef of the Year:

Lori Baker of Bluestem Brasserie
Sarah Bonar of Octavia
Sarah Rich of Rich Table
Julie Vandermeersch of Vive La Tarte

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Photo by Colin Price

Rising Chef of the Year:

Adam Tortosa of Robin
Audie Golder of Jardinière
Rachel Aronow of The Alembic
Gaby Maeda of State Bird Provisions

Sous Chef of the Year:

Chris Yang of āina
Sam Situ of China Live
Jeff Bloam of Mezcalito
Christian Reynoso of Zuni Cafe

Restaurateur of the Year: 

Ryan Cole & Jason Halverson of Hi Neighbor Hospitality Group
Traci Des Jardins of Jardinière and Mijita Cocina Mexicana; chef/partner of Public House, The Commissary, and Arguello
Adriano Paganini of Back of the House Inc.
Evan & Sarah Rich of Rich Table & RT Rotisserie

Beverage Professional of the Year:

Brandon Clements of The Saratoga
Danny Louie of Mister Jiu’s
Ilya Romanov of The Dorian
Thad Vogler of Trou Normand, Bar Agricole, and the soon-to-open Obispo rum bar

Employee of the Year:

Stuart Furtwangler of Fogo de Chao
Felipe Cardenas of Souvla
Jeanine Gade-Anderson of Pizzeria Delfina Mission, Delfina Restaurant Group
Su Q. Xu of SCOMA’S

Manager of the Year:

Andrew Ghetia of 4505 Burgers & BBQ
Amy Svendberg of Poggio
Jonny Gilbert of Rich Table / RT Rotisserie
Vinny Eng of Tartine

Outstanding Industry Service Provider of the Year:

Georgopoulos and Economidis, LLP
Cayson Designs
Poached Jobs

Outstanding Industry Service Supplier of the Year:

BiRite Foodservice
California Caviar Company
Villa Italia

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Photo via CynEats

Exceptional Full-Service Restaurant of the Year:

Foreign Cinema

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Photo by Patricia Chang

Exceptional Fast-Casual Restaurant of the Year:

4505 Burgers & BBQ
Media Noche
Namu Stonepot
RT Rotisserie

Exceptional Non-Brick & Mortar Restaurant of the Year:

Componere Fine Catering
Pinoy Heritage SF
Rice Paper Scissors
Exceptiona pecialty


Exceptional specialty food establishment of the year:

The Mill
Snowbird Coffee
Vive La Tarte

Wine Program of the Year:

Tartine Manufactory
The Riddler


Cocktail Program of the Year:

August 1 Five
Benjamin Cooper
Foreign Cinema
Pacific Cocktail Haven

Beer Program of the Year:

Barrel Head Brewhouse
Buffalo Theory
Fat Angel
Old Devil Moon

Sustainable restaurant of the Year:

Cliff House
SCOMA’s Restaurant


Community spirit of the Year:

4505 Meats
Stones Throw
Wing Wings
Zingari Ristorante

Saucy Awards 2017 Hits The Web & The Winners Are Revealed
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