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Big Brain Awards 2012: the Culinary Arts Finalists

Time to crown some achievements in the form of Phoenix New Times' Big Brain Awards 2012.

This morning, our sister blog Jackalope Ranch announced the finalists in visual art, performing art, design, and fashion

Wondering about culinary art? It wasn't an easy choice -- the food community here in Phoenix is busting with great ideas and great people implementing them. But we've narrowed this year's choices to three, whom we'll be honoring Saturday, April 7 at New Times' Artopia party at The Saguaro in Scottsdale. Details here. Winners in each of the five categories will receive $500.

And (drumroll, please) the finalists for culinary art for the Big Brain Award 2012 are:

John Cavanagh, John's Premium Tonic
John Milton, aka Farmer Woody
Esther Mbaikambey, Fu-Fu Cuisine

We'll be introducing you to all 15 finalists soon. Good luck and congratulations to all.

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Amy Silverman is a two-time winner of the Arizona Press Club’s Journalist of the Year award. Her work has appeared on the radio show This American Life and in the New York Times, the Washington Post, Lenny Letter, and Brain, Child. She’s the co-curator of the live reading series Bar Flies, and a commentator for KJZZ, the NPR affiliate in Phoenix. Silverman is the author of the book My Heart Can’t Even Believe It: A Story of Science, Love, and Down Syndrome (Woodbine House 2016). Follow her on Instagram (@amysilverman), Twitter (@amysilvermanaz), and at