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Frank DeCaro, Andrew Zimmern bring the Munchies: People’s Choice Food Awards

By April MacIntyre Apr 3, 2012, 7:32 GMT

Frank DeCaro, Andrew Zimmern bring the Munchies: People’s Choice Food Awards

General Mills’ Tablespoon.com is honoring 20 categories of the most delicious food experiences America has to offer – from the most iconic burger, to the best local farmers market, to the best chef – by calling on the public to award the most deserving with the first ever The Munchies: People’s Choice Food Awards.

America's great eats are being celebrated by Andrew Zimmern and some top foodies.

General Mills’ Tablespoon.com is honoring 20 categories of the most delicious food experiences America has to offer – from the most iconic burger, to the best local farmers market, to the best chef – by calling on the public to award the most deserving with the first ever The Munchies: People’s Choice Food Awards.

Online voting launches today at Tablespoon.com/themunchies, running through April 30th.

From the release:

 “The Munchies will give food lovers a voice in celebrating the restaurants, chefs, media and food that deliver the most inspiring and satisfying culinary experiences. Plus, we'll be making a donation to Feeding America on behalf of all of the voters and panelists, so everyone who participates is also supporting a great cause,” said Heather Reid, Food Content Marketing at General Mills.

“Every day, passionate food lovers visit Tablespoon.com to discover and share the freshest, most amazing ideas from the world of food and drink, so it’s the perfect place to host The Munchies.  We are excited to highlight the culinary tastemakers who are shaping America’s food culture.”

How do you even begin to distill the big, juicy world of food experiences down to a handful of nominees per category? You enlist a pro with his own cred in the kitchen – and that’s just what General Mills did by bringing on James Beard award-winning television personality and chef Andrew Zimmern to head up a wide-ranging panel of celebrity chowhounds to develop the short list of nominees.

“Food is such a passion point for so many of us in this country, and I love being involved in anything that really gets people talking about the best of what’s out there,” said The Munchies lead panelist Andrew Zimmern. “The Munchies are an opportunity to spark a national conversation about food and give the public a chance to vote on their favorites.”

                                                                                                                                                          In In addition to Zimmern, the panel includes:

Angie Dudley, Bakerella & Author of ‘Cake Pops’
B. Smith, Founder & Chief Creative Officer, B. Smith Enterprises
Chrissy Teigen, Sports Illustrated supermodel and author of the food blog So Delushious!
Colman Andrews, Editorial Director, TheDailyMeal.com
Elissa Altman, Journalist and Author of PoorMansFeast.com


Frank DeCaro, Author of ‘The Dead Celebrity Cookbook’
Kristen Olson, Food Editor, Betty Crocker
Mark Kurlansky, Author
Michael Ian Black, comedian, actor, and co-host of ‘Mike and Tom Eat Snacks!’ Podcast
Pat Sharpe, Food Editor of Texas Monthly
Ruth Bourdain, Twitter Food Personality Mashup
Tom Cavanagh, actor and co-host of ‘Mike and Tom Eat Snacks!’ Podcast

These gastronomy gurus shared their culinary perspectives to determine The Munchies nominees across three groups of categories:

Terrific Tastemakers gives props to the media and personalities that make the food world sizzle, from the Favorite Food TV Personality to the Favorite Food Blog.
Best Bites honors the most delectable interpretations of our favorite foods, like Most Iconic Burger and Best Cookie.
Delicious Destinations pays homage to the establishments that keep us coming back for more; think Coolest Coffee Shop or Most Intriguing Cocktail Bar.

Food enthusiasts can satisfy their cravings to vote once per day at Tablespoon.com/themunchies during the voting period (April 2-30). The 2012 winners of The Munchies awards will be based on popular vote and announced on Tablespoon.com in early May.

The full list of nominees is:

Terrific Tastemakers

    Favorite Food Reality TV Show
        “Chopped” (Food Network)
        “Cupcake Wars” (Food Network)
        “Iron Chef America” (Food Network)
        “The Great Food Truck Race” (Food Network)
        “Top Chef” (Bravo)
    Favorite Food TV Personality
        Andrew Zimmern, “Bizarre Foods” (Travel Channel)
        Bobby Flay, “Food Network Star” (Food Network)
        Mario Batali, “The Chew” (ABC)
        Padma Lakshmi, “Top Chef” (Bravo)
        Tom Colicchio, “Top Chef” (Bravo)
    Favorite Food Related Magazine
        Bon Appétit
        FOOD & WINE
        Food Network Magazine
        Lucky Peach
        Saveur
    Favorite Food Blog
        101 Cookbooks, Heidi Swanson
        David Lebovitz, David Lebovitz
        Homesick Texan, Lisa Fain
        Poor Man’s Feast, Elissa Altman
        The Pioneer Woman, Ree Drummond
    Most Newsworthy Cookbook
        Food52 Cookbook, Amanda Hesser & Merrill Stubbs
        Heart of the Artichoke and Other Kitchen Journeys, David Tanis
        Primal Cuts, Marissa Guggiana
        Ruhlman’s Twenty, Michael Ruhlman
        The Art of Living According to Joe Beef, David McMillan, Fredric Morin & Meredith Erickson
    Best Food Podcast or Radio Show
        “Edible Radio”
        “Good Food” (KCRW)
        “Mike & Tom Eat Snacks!” (Nerdist)
        “NPR: Food” (NPR)
        “The Splendid Table” (American Public Media)
    Best Chef
        April Bloomfield, The Spotted Pig, New York, NY
        Daniel Boulud, Daniel NYC, New York, NY
        David Chang, Momofuku, New York, NY
        Eric Ripert, Le Bernardin, New York, NY
        Thomas Keller, The French Laundry, Yountville, CA
    Most Inspiring Food Visionary
        Alice Waters, The Edible Schoolyard Project
        Dan Barber, Blue Hill Farm
        Jamie Oliver, Food Revolution
        Michelle Obama, Let’s Move
        Will Allen, Growing Power

Best Bites

    Most Iconic Burger
        Cheeseburger, Burger Joint at Le Parker Meridien, New York, NY
        Double Double Animal Style, In-N-Out Burger, Irvine, CA
        Double Shackburger, Shake Shack, New York, NY
        Green Chile Cheeseburger, Bobcat Bite, Santa Fe, NM
        Jucy Lucy, Matt’s Bar, Minneapolis, MN
    Best Pizza
        Frank Pepe Pizzeria, New Haven, CT
        Giordano’s, Chicago, IL
        Grimaldi’s Pizzeria, Brooklyn, NY
        Pizzeria Bianco, Phoenix, AZ
        Pizzeria Mozza, Los Angeles, CA
    Best Taco
        Big Star, Chicago, IL
        Kogi BBQ Truck, Los Angeles, CA
        La Condesa, Austin, TX
        Loteria Grill, Los Angeles, CA
        Torchy’s Tacos, Austin, TX
    Best Cookie
        Chocolate Sable, Miette, San Francisco, CA
        Coconut Macaroon, Salty Tart Bakery, Minneapolis, MN
        Compost Cookie®, Momofuku Milk Bar, New York, NY
        Dark Chocolate Peanut Butter Chip Cookie, Levain Bakery, New York, NY
        Macaroons, Kee’s Chocolates, New York, NY
    Best Ice Cream
        Amy’s Ice Creams, Austin, TX
        Bi-Rite Creamery, San Francisco, CA
        Humphry Slocombe, San Francisco, CA
        Jeni’s Splendid Ice Creams, Columbus, OH
        Thomas Sweet, Princeton, NJ
    Best Food Truck
        Big Gay Ice Cream, New York, NY
        Kogi BBQ Truck, Los Angeles, CA
        Odd Duck Farm to Trailer, Austin, TX
        Rickshaw Dumpling Truck, New York, NY
        Wafels & Dinges, New York, NY

Delicious Destinations

    Best Local Farmers Market
        Ferry Plaza Farmers Market, San Francisco, CA
        Pike Place Market, Seattle, WA
        Portland Farmers Market, Portland, OR
        Santa Monica Farmers Market, Santa Monica, CA
        Union Square Greenmarket, New York, NY
    Favorite Stadium Eats
        Crazy Crab’z Dungeness Crab Sandwich, AT&T Park, San Francisco, CA
        Ivar Dog, Safeco Field, Seattle, WA
        Shack-Cago Dog, Citi Field, New York, NY
        Sweet Victory Peach Cobbler, Georgia Dome, Atlanta, GA
        Tony Luke’s Cheesesteak, Citizen’s Bank Park, Philadelphia, PA
    Coolest Coffee Shop
        Café Grumpy, New York, NY
        Intelligentsia Coffee, Chicago, IL
        Joe, New York, NY
        Peet’s Coffee & Tea, Berkeley, CA
        Stumptown Coffee Roasters, Portland, OR
    Best Craft Brewery
        Brooklyn Brewery, Brooklyn, NY
        Dogfish Head Craft Brewery, Milton, DE
        Rogue Ales, Newport, OR
        Sixpoint Craft Ales, Brooklyn, NY
        Summit Brewing Co., St. Paul, MN
    Most Intriguing Cocktail Bar
        La Belle Vie, Minneapolis, MN
        Monkey Bar, New York, NY
        Prime Meats, Brooklyn, NY
        The Aviary, Chicago, IL
        The Violet Hour, Chicago, IL
    Favorite Gluten-Free Bakery
        BabyCakes NYC, New York, NY
        Bittersweet Bakery, Eagan, MN
        Defloured, Chicago, IL
        Mariposa Baking, Oakland, CA
        Tu-Lu’s Gluten-Free Bakery, New York, NY



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