Of course, the Top Chef champ is hardly new.
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As in prior years, the same old names enjoy The Foundation's limited love for L.A.
Overall, the list feels a little more West Coast savvy than year's past.
Teresa Campos Castaneda came up with the idea to honor ranchera and Mexican film giant Antonio Aguilar with a thirteen-foot statue.
The 9021Pho chef donated her $1,000 cash prize to H.A.R.K.
Residents of the country's second largest agricultural center are facing even worse poverty in the face of new legislation.
The magazine's respected "Restaurant Issue" is about to land on stands, but here's an early peek.
Local restaurants and bloggers take home honors for their coverage.
Of course, the group outdoes their foibles from last year by including a now closed restaurant.
Food and Wine releases the results of its "People's Best New Chef Award" in the Pacific region.
Patrick Kuh wins best restaurant and dining critic at the National City and Regional Magazine Awards.
L.A.'s critics win big during two awards ceremonies, while chefs and restaurants are passed up.
Bob's Big Boy is honored for saving a 60 year-old broiler.
A pastry chef takes home "Best Dish" honors for the first time.
L.A. finds only a few nominees on the James Beard Award finalist list.
The Bazaar chef is awarded for his creativity, while a man eats 29 meatballs in one minute.