Rock City Eats was started to tell the story of the food industry from the inside, not reflect on it from the outside. That is why our industry awards are significant. I’ve had countless owners, executive chefs, managers, and others over the years express how they want to see more of their staff recognized for their efforts. This is our way of doing things.
If you are outside of the industry, you may not recognize a lot of these names. That is ok, almost every nomination came from folks inside the food industry which is what I was hoping would happen. Even better in each category, the majority of the votes came from inside the industry as well. In fact, removing the known non-industry votes would not have changed the winner in a single category. Our industry awards are truly about food workers honoring their peers, and it is reflected here. Some names and restaurants they work at may surprise you (I know a few did for me), a lot of it reflects individuals in the industry that others respect.
Congrats to all the winners and runners up. You are highly appreciated by your peers, the restaurants you work in, and all of us at Rock City Eats.