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Golden Foodie Awards Announces 2013 Top Awards and Nominees

[Orange County, Calif.] ---- The Golden Foodie Awards is thrilled to announce the 2013 nominees for the top three award categories of the season - the Golden Chef Award, the Golden Pastry Chef Award, and the New Restaurant Award. The top three contestants in each category embody the highest level of culinary expertise in Orange County and beyond. One winner in each category will be announced at the September 29 gala and take home the coveted 14K gold plated Golden Foodie award.
"The caliber of culinary talent nominated each year is incredible. It’s always exciting to see who the community votes as their favorite during The Golden Dine Out and announce the top three contenders for each award," commented Tricia Cook, Executive Vice President of Operations for the Golden Foodie Awards. “The Golden Foodie Awards are about connecting the foodie community to celebrate what they love most, the best culinary experiences in Orange County.”
The 2013 list of nominees is star studded with celebrity chefs, trendsetters and tastemakers of the culinary industry. Each category acknowledges a unique vertical within the culinary trade with one award that crowns the Golden Chef honor of year.  During the month of August the public has the opportunity to decide the best chef, restaurant and cuisine in OC during “The Golden Dine Out,” where the community is encouraged to dine out and vote for their favorites on line at The top voted for each category are compiled and present to the Golden Foodie Awards Guild Members voting panel where each winner is carefully chosen based on overall food quality, consistency, flare for creativity and community involvement. 
A list of categories in which the public can nominate their favorite restaurant, chef and more for during  “The Golden Dine Out” will be available at Tickets to the Golden Foodies Awards gala are currently available for $175 per person at: through August 31. After August 31 tickets will be available for $200 per person.
Presenting the Nominees for Golden Chef Award, Golden Pastry Chef and New Restaurant Award…
Golden Chef Award
Chef Yvon Goetz - The Winery Restaurant & Wine Bar
Alan Greeley – The Golden Truffle
Michael Rossi - The Ranch Restaurant in Anaheim’s
Golden Pastry Chef
Chef Rachel Marie Klemek of Blackmarket Bakery
Chef David Rossi of The Ranch Restaurant
Chef Amelia Marneau of Marche Moderne 
New Restaurant Award
Bruno’s Trattoria in Brea
SeaLegs Wine Bar in Huntington Beach
Arc Restaurant in Costa Mesa
Stay connected with the Golden Foodie Awards through this exciting season of food, community and culture.
The Golden Foodie Awards
The Golden Foodie Awards is a red carpet culinary awards show celebrating the best in local food, restaurants and chefs. The Golden Foodie Awards season launches annually in spring with a calendar of special foodie events at restaurants and venues throughout the county leading up to the main Awards night gala in September at The Fairmont Newport Beach. Sponsors: Fairmont Newport Beach, Sub-Zero Wolf, Melissa's Produce, Celebrity Cruises, Groupon, Patron Tequila, Chambord Vodka, Kéan Coffee, Sadie Rose Baking Company, The District at Tustin Legacy, Open Table, Code 4 Media, The ACE Agency, La Crema Wine, Aloha SDCR, Ritual Brewing and Casey's Cupcakes.
Media Sponsors: Orange Coast Magazine, Socal PBS, 95.5 KLOS, GreersOC, OCfoodies, Dining Out and Rage
The Fairmont Newport Beach
Nestled in the center of coastal Orange County and located just a stone's throw away from John Wayne/Orange County Airport, the Fairmont Newport Beach combines European traditions with California flair. Offering 440 luxuriously appointed rooms, including 54 exquisite suites, the hotel also features a roof-top pool complete with cabanas; a new fitness facility; a spa and salon; nearly 17,000 square feet of meeting space and over 25,000 square feet of indoor and outdoor banquet space; and award-winning dining at bambú Restaurant.  For more information or for reservations, please call 1.949-476-2007 or 1.800-441-1414 or visit