Alton Brown, Hugh Acheson Recognized In Andrew Zimmern’s Munchies Awards


Like a backyard version of the James Beard Awards, the second annual Munchies: The People’s Choice Awards, hosted by Andrew Zimmern and, were announced this morning. For those of you continuing to nurse a James Beard hangover, here’s how the Munchies work: Zimmern and a panel of 26 experts (chefs, journalists, and media personalities alike) compile a list of nominees in each culinary category which are then open to a public vote.

Some recognizable names can be seen below, like Alton Brown (who thanked his fans for the Best TV Personality win via Post-It), Roy Choi (whose Kogi BBQ was named Best Food Truck), Thomas Keller (for writing Bouchon Bakery), and Hugh Acheson (for just being The Best Chef).

The full list can be found below, and congratulations to all! Long live the democratic process, even though it appears to heavily skew Midwest.


Best Food Reality TV Show: “Chopped” (Food Network)

Best Food TV Personality: Alton Brown, “Good Eats” (Food Network)

Best Food Magazine: Cooking Light (Time, Inc.)

Best Food Blog or Site: Serious Eats

Best New Cookbook: “Bouchon Bakery,” Thomas Keller and Sebastien Rouxel (Artisan)

Best Food Podcast or Radio Show: “NPR: Food” (NPR)

Best Chef: Hugh Acheson, Empire State South, Atlanta


Best Burger: Butcher and the Burger, Chicago

Best Pizza: Bar Toma, Chicago

Best Taco: La Condesa, Austin, TX

Best Ice Cream: Graeters, Cincinnati

Best BBQ: Oklahoma Joe’s, Kansas City, KS

Best Breakfast: Loveless Cafe, Nashville, TN

Best Late Night Food: Waffle House, Atlanta


Best Local Farmers Market: North Market, Columbus, OH

Best Food Truck: Kogi BBQ Truck, Los Angeles

Best Coffee Shop: Joe, New York

Best Craft Brewery: Rogue Ales, Newport, OR

Best Bakery: Hoosier Mama Pie Co., Chicago

Best Food City: Chicago

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