Best Restaurants Qualifying Language for Special Awards
Qualifying descriptions for our annual special awards for the Best Restaurants package.
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To qualify as a contender for one of the Best Restaurants honors, the restaurant must have been open for business by the end of 2013.
SPECIAL AWARDS (descriptions):
Best New Restaurant:
A restaurant opened by the end of 2013 that displays excellence in food and service and is likely to have a significant impact on the city’s restaurant scene.
Chef of the Year:
A working chef in western Pennsylvania whose food and menu contribute to culinary excellence in the region; candidates must have been working chefs in our region for the past two years.
Rising Star Chef:
A working chef in western Pennsylvania who’s 40 years or younger and possesses impressive culinary talent and a unique perspective. This person is likely to have a significant impact on the city’s restaurant scene.
A restaurant opened or renovated by the end of 2013 that displays creativity in design and sets the stage for a dining experience. The space should be an integral component of a restaurant strategy that includes food and service. Components for evaluation include style, interior and exterior materials, color, lighting, furniture, tablescape, decor elements, art, logo, sign and menu graphics.