This year, the Devoured Culinary Classic invited attendees to vote for their favorites in various categories. From Best Overall Presentation to Best Dessert and Most Unique Dish, the awards recognized some of the standout work that the many participating restaurants put out on each day of the event.
On both days, event-goers also were asked to help name one restaurant the grand prize winner. These two restaurants took home the award of Best of the Best, thanks to serving standout dishes and offering beautiful presentation. Here are the results of the first-ever People's Choice Awards at this year's event.
Best Overall Presentation: Il Terrazzo at the Phoenician
Most Creative Booth: (tie) Blue Hound Kitchen & Cocktails AND Cibo
Best Dish: Roka Akor Wagyu bone marrow with squid ink brioche and Japanese mignonette, escargot with white soy and garlic
Most Unique Dish: Roka Akor Wagyu bone marrow with squid ink brioche and Japanese mignonette, escargot with white soy and garlic
Best Dessert: The Henry Coconut pana cotta
Best Great Hall Exhibitor: Doc's Ice Cream
Best Demo: (tie) Sassi and Cartwrights Sonoran Ranch House
Grand Prize - Best of the Best: Roka Akor
Best Overall Presentation: Kai Restaurant at Sheraton Wild Horse Pass Resort & Spa
Most Creative Booth: Tuck Shop Meatball Machine
Best Dish: Elote Cafe Roasted corn with spicy mayo, lime and cotija cheese; lamb adobo
Most Unique Dish: Hana Japanese Eatery Tako yaki, mochi rice, pork yakibuta, dashi-poached green beans, miso-fermented walu fish
Best Dessert: Windsor/Churn Oatmeal cookie ice cream sandwich with sour cream ice cream
Best Great Hall Exhibitor: Pistol Whipped Pastry
Best Demo: Barrio Urbano
Grand Prize - Best of the Best: Hana Japanese Eatery Tako yaki, mochi rice, pork yakibuta, dashi-poached green beans, miso-fermented walu fish
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