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Munchies People's Choice Awards 2014 Winners Announced

Munchies People's Choice Awards 2014 Winners Announced

Everyone gets the munchies sometimes. Tell us if your favorite pizzeria, chef, or food truck made the cut!

If the James Beard Awards are formal and prestigious Oscars of the culinary world, then the Munchies awards are like the People’s Choice Awards: They’re a fun way of recognizing food and drink’s most talented chef personalities, most delicious restaurants and food trucks, and well-deserved accolades for best members of food media. The expert panel of 40 culinary experts judged the Munchie awards this year, led by food TV personality Andrew Zimmern.

To start off with, in the media world, Best Food TV Show went to Top Chef, while Bobby Flay won Favorite Food TV Personality (what a coincidence! He also made our list of 60 Coolest People in Food and Drink this year). The big prize went to April Bloomfield who took home the award for Best Chef.

In the Best Bites category, Best Pizza went to Roberta’s in Brooklyn (and Roberta’s came in at #6 in The Daily Meal’s 101 Best Pizzas in America list). Best Burger went to the original Shake Shack in New York. No surprise there. The Daily Meal agreed, as Shake Shack topped our list this year of America’s Best Chain Burgers.

For Delicious Destinations, the Best Food Truck was found to be Guerilla Street Food in St. Louis (Guerilla landed on our 2013 101 Best Food Trucks in America list at a comfortable #17 spot). And as for the Best Brunch Spot, the folks at Munchies say you’re going to have to The Publican in Chicago.

Check out the full list here.

Joanna Fantozzi is an Associate Editor with The Daily Meal. Follow her on Twitter @JoannaFantozzi


2014 People's Choice Awards: Full list of winners

Sandra Bullock won the People's Choice Award for best dramatic, best comedic and best film actress.

(Jason Merritt/Getty Images)

I must be the second coming of Carnac the Magnificent, because I correctly predicted the winner of almost every single People's Choice Award tonight. My secret? I spent the hour before the show scrolling through the red carpet photos, so I just picked the nominee who was actually in attendance. Bingo!

My one miss? Favorite comedic TV actress, because both "Mike & Molly" star Melissa McCarthy and "The Big Bang Theory" star Kaley Cuoco were in the house. (Both just so happen to be stars of CBS shows, which also happens to air the People's Choice Awards, though I'm sure that had nothing to do with it. Cuoco won, by the way.)

The one benefit of going in knowing you're going to be a winner? The acceptance speeches were, for the most part, quite funny.

The People's Choice Awards honor the best in television, film and music, chosen by, well, "the people," via PeoplesChoice.com.

Some of the categories are untraditional, to say the least: best TV bromance, for example, or most-missed TV series, or my personal favorite, best year end movie. (How about best second week in March movie? Third Friday in August?)

The awards are decidedly skewed toward mainstream fare — cable, premium cable and streaming shows are relegated to their own separate categories, lest "Homeland," "Downton Abbey" or "House of Cards" give "NCIS" or "Criminal Minds" (again, both CBS shows) some real competition.

Sandra Bullock was a big winner with three trophies (plus one she won with George Clooney for favorite movie duo), and "Iron Man 3" won favorite movie and favorite action movie. "The Good Wife" won favorite network TV drama "The Walking Dead," favorite cable TV show "Homeland," favorite premium TV show and "Orange is the New Black," favorite streaming TV show. Justin Timberlake took home three trophies, for favorite album, favorite male artist and favorite R&B artist.


New Orleans' Tiki Tolteca Wins Food & Wine's People's Choice for Best New Bar

Hidden tiki haven, Tiki Tolteca in New Orleans' French Quarter, is this year's winner for People's Choice Best New Bar in the U.S., put out by Food & Wine magazine. In a release, the magazine confirms that among five finalists, Tiki Tolteca won in the contest.

On September 17, Food & Wine kicked off the voting with a list of 100 nominees, divided into five regions across the U.S. Tiki Tolteca, which is inside Felipe's Taqueria, won out over runners up: Bar5 at Coqueta, San Francisco, CA (West/Southwest) Southern Efficiency, Washington, DC (Northeast) The Last Word, Ann Arbor, MI (Midwest) and Imperial Portland, OR (Northwest/Mountain).

Food & Wine also announced their picks for Best Mixologists in the country (2014). Winners include: Ryan Casey (McCrady's, Charleston, SC) Jacyara de Oliveira (Sportsman's Club, Chicago) Gui Jaroschy (The Broken Shaker, Miami Beach) Sara Justice (Holeman & Finch, Atlanta) Caitlin Laman (Trick Dog, San Francisco) Chris Lowder (The NoMad Bar, New York City) Jeremy Oertel (Donna, Brooklyn) Jason Patz (Williams & Graham, Denver) Alex Renshaw (Drumbar, Chicago) and Tyler Stevens (Teardrop Cocktail Lounge, Portland, OR).


Best Recipes of 2014 Reader’s Choice Award Winners

I’m so excited to bring you the Best Recipes of 2014 Reader’s Choice Award Winners! Thank you so, so much to everyone who voted. It makes my day. I love finding out which recipes you all loved most throughout the year, and these awards are a great way for new readers to get ideas about which recipes were the biggest hits. To see all the options for this year’s voting, click here.

Whether you voted this year or not, if you’re reading this right now then thank you too. Thank you for being here, for reading my blog and for cooking along with me. Thank you for commenting on posts, sharing the site with friends, posting your recipe pics on Instagram, pinning my photos, sharing the links on Facebook and writing me to let me know you tried a recipe. I love interacting with you on social media and seeing what you’ve made and I feel incredibly blessed and grateful that so many of you have tried my recipes and shared the site with friends. THANK YOU. Whether you’ve been here since I started blogging 4 years ago or this is the first post you’ve read of mine, I am genuinely thrilled that you’re here and I hope you come back again and again for years to come.

Just last week (on Christmas Eve) was my 4 year “blogiversary.” There’s so much more I can’t wait to do with my blog, but it’s also fun to look back on how far it has come. For the past few years I have recapped some readership, social media and posting stats, mostly for me to look back on. While I certainly don’t blog for the numbers (hopefully this doesn’t come across as tacky), it’s fun for me to look back and see how much my blog has grown over the past year. Here we go again:

Four years. 342 posts. 17 million+ blog page views (according to Google Analytics). 47,695 Facebook likes. 34,061 Pinterest followers. 12,900 Instagram friends. 2,236 Twitter followers. A year ago I hadn’t done too much with Instagram yet, but now it’s one of my favorite social networks! My Instagram account is a blog/personal hybrid so I feel like I get to share more of my life and get to know you all better as well. I started following some of the Weight Watchers members and other instgrammers that frequently make and post my recipes and I absolutely love following their journeys and learning more about everyone. Shout out to my Instagram buddies!

I can’t say this enough: It overwhelms me that so many of you out there read my blog, make the recipes I post here and give me such great feedback, encouragement and inspiration. THANK YOU!

I am also so thankful that many of you took the time to cast votes for your favorite recipes. It was so fun for me to see what all your favorites were this year! The results are below and for each category I’ve pictured the winner and then listed the runner up along with my own vote (which didn’t count in the standings, I’m just listing it for fun).

Looking for more scrumptious reader favorites? Check out the winners from previous years: 2013 winners, 2012 winners and 2011 winners! It’s also funny to see how far my photography has come (though I still have a lot to learn!).

Without further ado, here are the winners of your 2014 Reader’s Choice Awards:

Best Appetizer Recipe: Enchilada Cheese Rolls

Emily’s Pick: I’m torn between so many of these and almost went with the Greek Layer Dip, but I’m picking the Cajun Roasted Chickpeas because every time I make them it takes every ounce of willpower I have not to eat them all in one sitting (and sometimes I do). They’re addicting.

Best Salad Recipe: Doritos Taco Salad (by a landslide!)

Emily’s Pick: I am going with the majority on this one, Doritos Taco Salad

Best Breakfast Recipe: Sausage & Stuffing Brunch Bake

Emily’s Pick: I almost went Blueberry Pancakes, but decided on Pumpkin Chocolate Oatmeal Singles. I love baked oatmeal.

Best Dessert Recipe: Mini Apple Pie Tarts

Emily’s Pick: Mini Apple Pie Tarts. I loooove fruity desserts

Best Soup/Stew Recipe: Slow Cooker Beef Stew

Emily’s Pick: I will pick the Beef Stew as well, because it is incredibly easy as well as delicious

Best Pasta Recipe: Sausage Tortellini Skillet

Runner Up: Chicken Cordon Bleu Pasta Bake (though the Chicken Enchilada Stuffed Shells were only one vote behind – this was a competitive category!)

Emily’s Pick: Chicken Cordon Bleu Pasta Bake all the way for me. I love that recipe.

Best Muffin Tin Meal: Cheeseburger Hash Brown Cups

Runner Ups: the Chicken Parmesan Wonton Cupcakes and Thai Peanut Chicken Wonton Cupcakes were tied for second with the Mexi Meatloaf Muffins just one vote behind – stiff competition!

Emily’s Pick: this was tough, but I think I am going to go with Chicken Parmesan Wonton Cupcakes, they were awesome.

Best Side Dish Recipe: Loaded Cauliflower Bake

Emily’s Pick: Garlic Roasted Green Beans with Almonds. I love Green Beans.

Best Casserole Recipe: Bubble Up Pizza Casserole

Emily’s Pick: I was a bit torn on this because I really loved the Chicken Parmesan Quinoa Bake but I went with the Bubble Up Pizza Casserole too because I think it really was my favorite.

Best “All-American” Recipe: Meatball Pizza

Runner Up: Slow Cooker Mustard-Rubbed Pulled Pork (this was actually tied for first but I wanted to have one winner in every category so I broke the tie)

Emily’s Pick: Lemon Pepper Iced Tea Chicken (love this marinade)

Best Sandwich Recipe: Cheddar Apple Bacon Grilled Cheese

Emily’s Pick: California Club Sandwich (I love anything with avocados…yum)

Thanks so much again to all of you for reading my blog, cooking my recipes and encouraging and inspiring me with your comments. I wish you all a happy and healthy 2015 and I hope you’ll stay tuned for more lightened up comfort food recipes in the new year!


People’s Choice Awards 2015: The complete list of winners

While Hollywood is getting ready to honor its own with Oscars, Golden Globes and more, members of the public got a chance to honor, well, Hollywood at the 2015 People’s Choice Awards on Wednesday night.

Multiple-award winners included “The Big Bang Theory” in TV categories, Robert Downey Jr. in movie acting, and Taylor Swift and Ed Sheeran in the musical awards. Ben Affleck received recognition for his humanitarian work.

Anna Faris and Allison Janney hosted the event at the Nokia Theatre in downtown Los Angeles in a show televised on CBS.

Below is the full list of winners:

Favorite Movie: “Maleficent”

Favorite Movie Actor: Robert Downey Jr.

Favorite Movie Actress: Jennifer Lawrence

Favorite Movie Duo: Shailene Woodley & Theo James, “Divergent”

Favorite Action Movie: “Divergent”

Favorite Action Movie Actor: Chris Evans

Favorite Action Movie Actress: Jennifer Lawrence

Favorite Comedic Movie: “22 Jump Street”

Favorite Comedic Movie Actor: Adam Sandler

Favorite Comedic Movie Actress: Melissa McCarthy

Favorite Dramatic Movie: “The Fault in Our Stars”

Favorite Dramatic Movie Actor: Robert Downey Jr.

Favorite Dramatic Movie Actress: Chloë Grace Moretz

Favorite Family Movie: “Maleficent”

Favorite Thriller Movie: “Gone Girl”

Favorite TV Icon: Betty White

Favorite TV Show: “The Big Bang Theory”

Favorite Network TV Comedy: “The Big Bang Theory

Favorite Comedic TV Actor: Chris Colfer

Favorite Comedic TV Actress: Kaley Cuoco-Sweeting

Favorite Network TV Drama: “Grey’s Anatomy”

Favorite Dramatic TV Actor: Patrick Dempsey

Favorite Dramatic TV Actress: Ellen Pompeo

Favorite Cable TV Comedy: “Melissa & Joey”

Favorite Cable TV Drama: “Pretty Little Liars”

Favorite Cable TV Actor: Matt Bomer

Favorite Cable TV Actress: Angie Harmon

Favorite TV Crime Drama: “Castle”

Favorite Crime Drama TV Actor: Nathan Fillion

Favorite Crime Drama TV Actress: Stana Katic

Favorite Network Sci-Fi/Fantasy TV Show: “Beauty and the Beast”

Favorite Cable Sci-Fi/Fantasy TV Show: “Outlander”

Favorite Sci-Fi/Fantasy TV Actor: Misha Collins

Favorite Sci-Fi/Fantasy TV Actress: Kristin Kreuk

Favorite Competition TV Show: “The Voice”

Favorite Daytime TV Host: Ellen DeGeneres

Favorite Late Night Talk Show Host: Jimmy Fallon

Favorite Dramedy: “Orange Is the New Black”

Favorite TV Duo: Nina Dobrev & Ian Somerhalder

Favorite TV Character We Miss Most: Sandra Oh as Cristina Yang, “Grey’s Anatomy”

Favorite Actor in a New TV Series: David Tennant

Favorite Actress in a New TV Series: Viola Davis

Favorite Sketch Comedy TV Show: “Saturday Night Live”

Favorite Animated TV Show: “The Simpsons”

Favorite New TV Comedy: “Jane the Virgin”

Favorite New TV Drama: “The Flash”

Favorite Male Artist: Ed Sheeran

Favorite Female Artist: Taylor Swift

Favorite Breakout Artist: 5 Seconds of Summer

Favorite Male Country Artist: Hunter Hayes

Favorite Female Country Artist: Carrie Underwood

Favorite Country Group: Lady Antebellum

Favorite Pop Artist: Taylor Swift

Favorite Hip-Hop Artist: Iggy Azalea

Favorite R&B Artist: Pharrell Williams

Favorite Album: “x,” Ed Sheeran

Favorite Song: “Shake It Off,” Taylor Swift

Favorite Humanitarian: Ben Affleck

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Calling All Food Lovers! Bizarre Foods Host Andrew Zimmern, Panel Of 43 Celebrity Tastemakers Team Up With General Mills To Serve Up Fourth Annual The Munchies: People's Choice Food Awards

MINNEAPOLIS , Feb. 23, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- The Munchies: People's Choice Food Awards returns for its fourth year as Tablespoon.com, a General Mills website, honors 100 of the top food experiences in America and salutes Dan Barber as its Inaugural Inspirational Food Thought Leader. Beginning today, the public has the chance to cast their votes for nominees from across the country chosen by an expert panel of 43 culinary tastemakers. Categories range from Best Food Competition TV Show to Best Chef Best Burger to Best Ramen and Best Coffee Shop to Best Cocktail Bar, and the public can vote on their food favorites daily through March 31 at Tablespoon.com/themunchies.

James Beard award-winning television personality and Chef Andrew Zimmern returns to lead The Munchies expert panel, working with a wide-ranging panel of well-known food personalities to create the short list of nominees.

"Food is an integral part of our individual lives and communal culture in America. I'm always fascinated to see what the public considers desirable and worthy of applause via this unparalleled food awards program," said Zimmern. "The Munchies provides a unique opportunity to spark a national conversation about fantastic food and empowers the public to voice who is most deserving. And new this year, the expert panel and I are proud to recognize Chef Dan Barber for his great work with the Inspirational Food Thought Leader Award."

Inspirational Food Thought Leader Award
Chef-thinker Dan Barber is named the 2015 Inspirational Food Thought Leader by Zimmern and the Munchies Awards' expert panel. New to the The Munchies: People's Choice Food Awards, the honor recognizes the person that has had the greatest positive transformative impact on the country's food system and made a substantial impact for our future.

As the chef at New York's Blue Hill restaurant, and Blue Hill at Stone Barns in Westchester , Barber practices a kind of close-to-the-land cooking and stewardship of the earth. Working as an advocate of good food and sustainable agriculture, Barber has popularized simple ideas that upend the way people think about the food they eat. In spring of 2006, Barber won James Beard's "Best Chef, New York City ," and in 2009, Barber received the James Beard award for "America's Outstanding Chef", and was named one of the world's most influential people in Time's annual "Time 100" list. In 2014 he published The Third Plate: Field Notes on the Future of Food.

In addition to selecting the honoree of the Inspirational Food Thought Leader award, The Munchies expert panel shared their culinary perspectives to determine the 100 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 Competition TV Show to the Best Food Blog or Site.
  • Best Bites honors the most intriguing interpretations of our favorite foods, like the Best Ramen, the Best Steak and the Best Taco.
  • Delicious Destinations pays homage to the haunts that keep us coming back for more, from Best Food Truck to Best Craft Brewery.

"The Munchies: People's Choice Food Awards celebrates the best of the best across 20 categories in the world of food. We are excited for another year of heated competition," said Heather Reid Liebo , Food Content Marketing Manager at General Mills. "New for 2015 is elimination-style voting where the lowest vote getter in each category will be eliminated each round. Look for this to spice up the competition even more than before!"

Once again, The Munchies: People's Choice Food Awards will be making a donation to Feeding America on behalf of the expert panelists and voters.

Food enthusiasts can satisfy their cravings and vote daily at Tablespoon.com/themunchies now through March 31, 2015 . The winners of the 2015 Munchies Awards will be based on popular vote and announced on Tablespoon.com in early April.

The List of 2015 Munchies Nominees

Best Food Competition TV Show

  • Chopped, Food Network
  • Iron Chef America, Food Network
  • Knife Fight, Esquire Network
  • Food Network Star, Food Network
  • The Taste, ABC

Best Food TV Personality

  • Alton Brown , Cutthroat Kitchen, Food Network
  • Anthony Bourdain , Parts Unknown, CNN
  • Ina Garten , Barefoot Contessa: Back to Basics, Food Network
  • Michael Symon , The Chew, ABC
  • Mo Rocca , My Grandmother's Ravioli, Cooking Channel
  • Ashley Christensen , Poole's Diner, Raleigh, NC
  • Hugh Acheson , Five & Ten, Athens, GA
  • Ignacio Mattos , Estela, New York, NY
  • Jamie Bissonette , Toro, Boston, MA
  • Paul Kahan , Blackbird, Chicago, IL

Best Food Blog or Site

  • Food Republic
  • I Am a Food Blog
  • Perennial Plate
  • Serious Eats
  • Smitten Kitchen
  • Flour and Water: Pasta, Thomas McNaughton , Ten Speed Press
  • Heritage, Sean Brock , Artisan
  • Mastering My Mistakes in the Kitchen, Dana Cowin , Ecco
  • My Paris Kitchen : Recipes and Stories, David Lebovitz , Ten Speed Press
  • Plenty More, Yotom Ottolenghi, Ten Speed Press
  • Bon Appetit, Conde Nast
  • Cherry Bombe
  • Food & Wine
  • Lucky Peach
  • Saveur, Bonnier Corporation
  • DiFara Pizza, Brooklyn, NY
  • Pizzeria Bianco, Phoenix, AZ
  • Pizzeria Lola, Minneapolis, MN
  • Pizzeria Mozza, Los Angeles, CA
  • Pizzeria Vetri, Philadelphia, PA
  • Au Cheval, Chicago, IL
  • The Company Burger, New Orleans, LA
  • Father's Office, Los Angeles, CA
  • Holeman and Finch Public House, Atlanta, GA
  • Minetta Tavern, New York, NY
  • Franklin Barbecue, Austin, TX
  • Kreuz Market , Lockhart, TX
  • Martin's Bar-B-Que Joint, Nashville, TN
  • Mighty Quinn's Barbeque, New York, NY
  • Scott's Bar-B-Que, Hemingway, SC
  • Doe's Eat Place, Greenville, MS
  • Gibsons Steakhouse, Chicago, IL
  • Keens Steakhouse, New York, NY
  • Lonesome Dove, Fort Worth TX
  • Peter Luger Steak House, Brooklyn, NY
  • Big Star, Chicago, IL
  • Empellon Taqueria, New York, NY
  • Guerrilla Tacos, Los Angeles, CA
  • Mas Tacos Por Favor, Nashville, TN
  • Taqueria del Sol , Atlanta, GA
  • Daikokuya, Los Angeles, CA
  • Ippudo, New York, NY
  • Ivan Ramen , New York, NY
  • Ramen Tatsu -ya, Austin, TX
  • Tsujita LA Artisan Noodle, Los Angeles, CA
  • Dough, Brooklyn, NY
  • Doughnut Plant, New York, NY
  • Doughnut Vault, Chicago, IL
  • Federal Donuts, Philadelphia, PA
  • Glam Doll Donuts, Minneapolis, MN
  • Ample Hills Creamery, Brooklyn, NY
  • Big Gay Ice Cream, New York, NY
  • Bi-Rite Creamery San Francisco, CA
  • Graeter's, Cincinnati, OH
  • Salt & Straw, Portland, OR
  • Cochon Butcher, New Orleans, LA
  • Katz's Delicatessen, New York, NY
  • Porchetta, New York, NY
  • Robert's Western World, Nashville, TN
  • Zingerman's Deli, Ann Arbor, MI
  • Blue Bottle Coffee, Oakland, CA
  • Crema, Nashville, TN
  • La Colombe, Philadelphia, PA
  • Panther Coffee, Miami, FL
  • Stumptown Coffee Roasters, Portland, OR
  • Biscuit Love Truck, Nashville, TN
  • East Side King , Austin, TX
  • King of Pops, Atlanta, GA
  • Kogi BBQ Truck, Los Angeles, CA
  • Nong's Khao Man Gai , Portland, OR
  • Bell's Brewery, Kalamazoo, MI
  • Brooklyn Brewery, Brooklyn, NY
  • Goose Island, Chicago, IL
  • Sixpoint Brewery, Brooklyn, NY
  • Surly Brewing Co., Minneapolis, MN
  • Cure, New Orleans, LA
  • Marvel Bar , Minneapolis, MN
  • Pegu Club, New York, NY
  • The Aviary, Chicago, IL
  • Trick Dog, San Francisco, CA
  • Chicago, IL
  • Los Angeles, CA
  • New Orleans, LA
  • Portland, OR
  • San Francisco, CA

The Munchies nominees were chosen by a panel of culinary tastemakers including stars of blogs, podcasts, books, restaurants and TV. Below is the complete list of panelists:


Best Recipes of 2016: Reader’s Choice Award Winners

The results are in! Thank you SO much to all of you who voted for the best recipes of 2016 in my 6 th annual Reader’s Choice Awards! I love seeing which recipes were your favorite from the year. I always point new readers to the Reader’s Choice Award Winners as a great place to start when they discover my blog, so I really appreciate you taking the time to select your favorites and guide everyone else toward my “greatest hits” from each year. In case you missed it, you can also look at the 2015 winners, 2014 winners, 2013 winners, 2012 winners and 2011 winners.

While I’m giving out thanks, YOU deserve some. Whether it’s your first time visiting my blog or you’ve been cooking along with me since the beginning, thank you so much for being here. Thank you for reading my posts and for cooking my recipes. Thank you for asking questions, leaving comments and sharing your feedback. Thank you for sharing my site with friends, posting pictures of what you’ve made on Instagram, pinning the recipes you want to try and sharing my posts on Facebook. Thanks for emailing me your stories and ideas and for sharing your successes. You motivate and inspire me so much and I’m genuinely thrilled that you’re here. I am grateful for you.

Six years ago on Christmas Eve 2010, I decided to start a blog. I could never have imagined that my fun little pet project would grow to become such a huge and important part of my life and of who I am! I’m so excited to start 2017 with some fresh new recipes, but it’s also really cool for me to look back on how far my site has come. For the past few years I have recapped some readership, social media and posting stats, mostly for me to look back on. While I certainly don’t blog for the numbers, it’s fun to check in every year and see how much we’ve grown. Here we go again: Six years. 495 posts. 37 million+ blog pageviews (according to Google Analytics). 91,500 of you like me on Facebook. 85,000 of you are my Instagram friends (my favorite!). 69,300 of you follow me on Pinterest. 15,600 of you subscribe to my recipes by email.

I can’t say this enough: It overwhelms me that so many of you out there read my blog, make my recipes and give me such great feedback, encouragement and inspiration. THANK YOU!! If you don’t already and you want to follow my site on social, here are the links: Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest, Email Club.

Without further mushy reflection, on to the Reader’s Choice Award Winners! The results are below and for each category I’ve pictured the winner and then listed the runner up along with my own vote (which didn’t count in the standings, I’m just listing it for fun).

Best Appetizer Recipe: Pepperoni Pizza Dip

Best Breakfast Recipe: Maple Bacon Breakfast Wraps

Runner Up: Apple Streusel French Toast Muffins (just one vote behind first place!)

Best Salad Recipe: Taco Chicken Salad


Finalists Announced for Peoples Choice Wine Awards

Toasted Marshmallows, Toffee Apples, Chocolate Cherries – no I’m not talking about food, these are just some of the descriptions that I was using when helping to Judge the Peoples Choice Wine Awards.

I’m not an expert in Wine by any means, but I know what I like and I love my food, so for me I try and liken wines to a food aroma or taste that other people could recognise.

I have previously posted that I was asked to attend these awards as a Round 1 Judge, but then also invited to join the Wine Experts including Amelia Singer, PleaseBringMeMyWine, Peter Ranscombe, Sorcha Holloway and Sumita Sarma in the final Judging of Round 2.

The whole point of the Peoples Choice Awards, is that its the ‘People’ that help to vote – not just the experts. This is why Round 1 is a mixture of wine enthusiasts both with and without qualifications.

All wines were tasted blind, so we had no idea what we were tasting, what all scores were added up, we were left with a selection of ‘Finalists’ that went through to the second round for scoring and ranking.

I have been waiting with great anticipation to discover what wines we had selected from the 100’s of entries, to put through to the second round – finally, this week they were announced – and here they are in no particular order:-

Off-Piste Wines: Most Wanted Sauvignon Blanc Bag in Box

The Wine Society: Domaine Jaume Côtes-du-Rhône (2016)

Concha y Toro: Isla Negra Cabernet Sauvignon/Shiraz (2017)

FABULOUS FIZZ – BEST CHAMPAGNE

Asda: Asda Extra Special Louis Bernard Vintage Champagne (2007)

Champagne Jacques Chaput: Jacques Chaput Blanc-de-Noirs (2010)

The Wine Society: The Society’s Champagne Brut NV

FABULOUS FIZZ – BEST SPARKLING WINE UK

Waitrose: Leckford Estate Brut (2013)

The Wine Society: The Society’s Exhibition English Sparkling Wine

Lyme Bay Winery: Lyme Bay Winery Sparkling Rosé (2014)

FABULOUS FIZZ – BEST SPARKLING WINE REST OF WORLD

Louis Latour: Cremant de Bourgogne Brut

Rude Wines: Rude Prosecco Brut DOC

Seckford Agencies: Bird in Hand Sparkling Pinot Noir (2017)

FOOD FRIENDLY WINES-WHITE FOR LIGHT MEALS

Invivo Wines: Invivo Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc (2018)

Iceland: Doubtful Sound Sauvignon Blanc

Seckford Agencies: The Edge Pinot Gris (2017) @LarryMcPinot (Escarpment)

Ian Botham Wines: The All Rounder Chardonnay (2017)

FOOD FIRENDLY WINES-WHITE FOR AROMATIC/ASIAN CUISINE

The Wine Society: The Society’s Exhibition Alsace Gewurztraminer (2013)

Aldi: Exquisite Collection Clare Valley Riesling (2017)

Concha y Toro: Cono Sur Bicicleta Gewurztraminer (2017)

Wakefield/Taylors: St Andrews Chardonnay (2017)

FOOD FRIENDLY WINES – WHITE FOR LIGHT MEALS WITH SAUCES

Rude Wines: Michel Fonné Riesling Tradition (2015)

Concha y Toro: Cono Sur Bicicleta Viognier (2017)

Treasury Wine Estates: Wolf Blass Yellow Label Chardonnay (2017)

FOOD FRIENDLY WINES-RED FOR LIGHT MEALS

Wakefield/Taylors Promised Land Shiraz (2017)

Rude Wines: Albert Bichot Coteaux Bourguignons (2015)

The Wine Society: The Society’s Beaujolais-Villages (2017)

FOOD FRIENDLY WINES-RED FOR EASY WEEKDAY MEALS

Ian Botham Wines: The Botham All Rounder Cabernet Sauvignon (2017)

Treasury Wine Estates: Lindeman’s Bin 50 Shiraz (2017)

FOOD FRIENDLY WINES – RED FOR HEARTY MEALS

Berkmann: Masi Campofiorin (2014)

ASDA: Orbitali Amarone Della Valpolicella (2013)

The Wine Society: The Society’s Exhibition Rioja Reserva (2011)

Seckford Agencies: The Boxer Shiraz (2016)

Invivo Wines: Graham Norton’s Own Pink by DesiGN Rosé (2018)

BIB Wine: Domaine of the Bee ‘Bee Pink’ (2017)

Rude Wines: Domaine de Pellehaut Family Réserve Rosé (2017)

Concha y Toro: Adorada (2017)

Concha y Toro: Isla Negra Merlot/Cabernet Sauvignon (2017)

Concha y Toro: Vina Maipo Merlot (2017)

The Wine Society: Viña Santico Carmenère (2017)

Invivo Wines: Graham Norton’s own Sauvignon Blanc (2018)

Iceland: Château de Champteloup, Brut

Treasury Wine Estates: Blossom Hill, Pale Rosé

Domaine of the Bee: Grenashista (2016)

Wakefield/Taylors: St Andrews Shiraz (2016)

Wakefield/Taylors: Jaraman Shiraz (2017)

The Wine Society: The Society’s Exhibition Pinotage, Stellenbosch (2015)

Asda: Asda Extra Special Primitivo (2016)

Cellier des Dauphins: Les Dauphins Côtes du Rhône Reserve Red (2017) @LesDauphins_UK

The Wine Society: The Society’s Barbera d’Asti Superiore (2015)

South East Wineries Ltd: Sedlescombe Organic Vineyard, Rosé Brut (2013)

Waitrose: Villa Blanche Terret Blanc (2017)

The BIB Wine Company: Weingut Sraka Blaufränkisch (2017)

Concha y Toro: 1000 Stories Bourbon Barrel Fermented Zinfandel (2016)

Il Colle Srl Azienda Vitivinicola: Colle Baio

Berkmann: Famille Brocard Chablis (2017)

Treasury Wine Estates: Wolf Blass Gold Label Riesling (2017)

Wakefield/Taylors: The Pioneer Shiraz (2014)

The Society’s Exhibition Barolo (2014)

The Wine Society: Blind Spot Rutherglen Muscat

Raymond Reynolds: Vinhos Barbeito-Malvasia 5yr old Reserva Madeira @irunroca

Raymond Reynolds: Sivipa-Moscatel de Setubal (2015)

Off-Piste Wines: Most Wanted Pinot Grigio Pink Fizz (Cans)

Treasury Wine Estates: 19 Crimes Red Blend

Rude Wines: Escada Touriga Nacional (2016)

Seckford Agencies: Stanley Noble Late Harvest Sauvignon Blanc (2014)

The Wine Society: The Society’s Exhibition Sauternes (2015)

BEST INDEPENDENT WINE MERCHANT:

The Whalley Wine Shop, Whalley, Lancashire

Lancaster Wine Company, Lancaster

The English Wine Collection, Devon

So now we know what we put through as finalists – we now need to wait to find out the overall winners – all of which will be revealed at the award ceremony on the 25th Feb – I definitely can’t wait!!


Expo's Most Innovative New Products Award winners announced

The Most Innovative New Products Awards were back again this year at the Sweets and Snacks Expo.

The awards, which were voted on by a panel of experts, were given out to nine new candy and snack products voted, “most likely to succeed” across various categories.

This year’s contest also featured a newly added, “Best in Show Award” category.

The Best in Show award winner is meant to represent the "People's Choice" as "best of the best" at the 2014 Expo, as all attendees had the opportunity to vote for the winner of this category.

Television reporter and food marketing expert Phil Lempert acted as a facilitator to guide the collaborative process of the panel to reach an agreement of five nominations in each of the nine categories. The panel-selected product nominees were displayed in the Most Innovative New Product Awards showcase, which was within the New Product Showcase.

A panel of experts made up of retail customers, food industry icons and trend experts helped the NCA narrow the field of more than 200 expected product entries.

So without further ado, the winners are:


All The Music Winners At The 2014 People's Choice Awards

Remember when the nominees for the People's Choice Awards were announced back in November 2013? We can't believe that the event has already came and went! Why, it was just yesterday when we were debating who would take home Favorite Female Artist or Breakout Artist, determined by you -- the people.

It was a big night for Justin Timberlake, who walked away with three awards, while it was also a memorable event for Britney Spears as well (ironically enough), since she snagged her first PCA ever! See who won big in the musical categories below:

Favorite Male Artist
Avicii
Blake Shelton
Bruno Mars
WINNER: Justin Timberlake
Michael Bublé

Favorite Female Artist
Britney Spears
WINNER: Demi Lovato
Katy Perry
P!nk
Selena Gomez

Favorite Breakout Artist
WINNER: Ariana Grande
Austin Mahone
Icona Pop
Imagine Dragons
Lorde

Favorite Pop Artist
WINNER: Britney Spears
Bruno Mars
Demi Lovato
Justin Timberlake
Katy Perry

Favorite Country Artist
The Band Perry
Blake Shelton
Carrie Underwood
Lady Antebellum
WINNER: Taylor Swift

Favorite Country Music Icon
Alan Jackson
George Strait
WINNER: Tim McGraw
Toby Keith
Willie Nelson

Favorite Hip-Hop Artist
Drake
Jay Z
Kanye West
Lil Wayne
WINNER: Macklemore & Ryan Lewis

Favorite R&B Artist
Alicia Keys
Ciara
WINNER: Justin Timberlake
Rihanna
Robin Thicke

Favorite Band
Imagine Dragons
Maroon 5
WINNER: One Direction
OneRepublic
Paramore

Favorite Alternative Band
WINNER: Fall Out Boy
Imagine Dragons
Mumford & Sons
Muse
Paramore

Favorite Song
"Just Give Me A Reason" — P!nk feat. Nate Ruess
"Mirrors" — Justin Timberlake
"Radioactive" — Imagine Dragons
WINNER: "Roar" — Katy Perry
"When I Was Your Man" — Bruno Mars

Favorite Music Video
"Best Song Ever" — One Direction
"Heart Attack" — Demi Lovato
WINNER: "Just Give Me A Reason" — P!nk feat. Nate Ruess
"Roar" — Katy Perry
"Wrecking Ball" — Miley Cyrus

Favorite Music Fan Following
Britney Army (Britney Spears)
Directioners (One Direction)
KatyCats (Katy Perry)
Little Monsters (Lady Gaga)
WINNER: Lovatics (Demi Lovato)

Watch the big winner Britney Spears' music video for "Perfume" below off VEVO: which artists do you think deserved their trophies? Who was robbed? Let us know what you think.


Watch the video: Andrew Zimmern Announces The 2014 Munchies Awards Winners! (November 2021).