We continued our tradition of recognizing the most outstanding talent at the Devour Culinary Classic with the 2018 Devour Excellence Awards. And those who participated did not disappoint.
It was a challenge for our international panel of judges to just a handful of winners from the abundance of wonderful and inspiring dishes that our local chefs brought to the table. Through quite an extended deliberation period, however, the results were clear. Here are the results of the 2018 Devour Excellence Awards:
Excellence in Presentation
Awarded to the restaurant with the dish that paid particular attention to how the dish looked and appeared. Your mouth will start watering by just looking at it.
Arancini no. 1 - Pan Fried rice balls with mozzarella and green peas
Arancini no. 2 - Pam fried rice balls with mozzarella and lamb
Runner Up: Phoenix Public Market
Arizona Citrus Salad - goat cheese, pistachios, local dates, sweet shallot honey vinaigrette, micro greens
Smoked Ocean Trout, Squash Escabeche, Huitlacoche Chumeth, Black Tepary Miso.
Runner Up: FnB / The Inbetweens
Fresh vegetable salad with sugar snap peas and country ham
Excellence in Innovation
Awarded to the restaurant with the dish that challenged the status quo and used unique ingredients or methods.
Winner: True Food Kitchen
Grilled Cauliflower Planks - black walnut pesto, truffle tahini, aleppo chili
Runner Up: Helio Basin Brewery
Beef tongue Philly Cheesesteak
Runner Up: The Dressing Room
Tako Yaki Hushpuppy with a Tomato Sriracha Jam
Excellence in Taste
Awarded to the restaurant with the dish that stood out based on taste and flavor.
Winner: Gallo Blanco
Flapjacks with Plantains Foster
Runner Up: Dust Cutter
Huevos Rancheros / Sonoran Native Tepary Bean Chili, Ground bison, quail egg and chorizo espuma
Winner: Elote Cafe
Spicy Anasazi beans with local heritage barley and mesquite cornbread
Runner Up: Different Point of View
Grain Mustard Soy Grilled Muscovy Duck; Sweet Corn Milk Griddle Cakes & Bliss Maple Drizzle, Kumquat Shallot Jam, Duck Cracklings, Basil Oil
Excellence in Distinction
Awarded to one restaurant over the two-day event that stood out in all categories for excellence in taste, innovation, and presentation.
Winner: FnB / The Inbetweens
Runner up: Kai
Thanks to all of our amazing chefs, restauranteurs, food artisans, ranchers, growers, winemakers, beer brewers, and spirit distillers who played a part in making this Devour Culinary Classic one of the best yet! Still holding on to your Devour passport? There are many great offers from our local restaurant partners in there!
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