The Golden Gate Restaurant Association’s third annual Saucy Awards is truly unique and one of its kind, where its mission is to raise awareness and honor some of the Bay Area’s most talented hospitality professionals whose hustle have actively shaped the Bay Area’s food scene. Winners will be announced and awarded a copper sauce pan from Williams Sonoma at a gala on November 12, 2018, at the historic Herbst Theater.  Tickets to the gala are on sale now and include the awards ceremony and post-reception catered by Meadowood Catering.

© 2016 Marc Fiorito w/ Gamma Nine Photography

Below is a list of this years winners from a total of 21 categories are announced in the Association’s various awards programs, including Chef, Service, Restaurants, and Programs, listed below. 

Chef of the Year presented by OpenTable
Alex Hong of Sorrel
Pastry Chef of the Year presented by Mr. Espresso
Elisabeth Prueitt of Tartine Bakery, Tartine Manufactory
Rising Star Chef of the Year presented by TriMark
Nite Yun of Nyum Bai
Sous Chef of the Year presented by Williams Sonoma Professional Chefs
Pujan Sarkar of ROOH
Restaurateur of the Year presented by OpenTable
Adriano Paganini of Beretta, Lolinda, a Mano, Super Duper Burgers, Flores, Delarosa, Starbelly,
Beverage Professional of the Year
Simone Mims of Nico
Employee of the Year presented by Pared
Juan Aguilar of NOPA
Manager of the Year presented by Marie Trimble Holvick, Gordon & Rees
Emma Rosenbush of Cala
Outstanding Industry Service Provider – Partner
San Francisco Wine School
Outstanding Industry Service Provider – Supplier
Exceptional Full-Service Restaurant of the Year presented by Georgopoulos & Economidis LLP
Exceptional Fast-Casual Restaurant of the Year presented by NFP
Deli Board
Exceptional Non-Brick & Mortar Restaurant of the Year presented by Gather
Pinoy Heritage
Exceptional Specialty Food Establishment of the Year presented by Greenleaf
Cinderella Bakery
Wine Program of the Year
Cocktail Program of the Year
Pacific Cocktail Haven
Beer Program of the Year
Sustainable Restaurant or Bar of the Year presented by Recology
SingleThread Farms
Community Spirit of the Year presented by Comcast Business
4505 Burgers & BBQ

The GGRA’s Lifetime Achievement Award is presented to an individual who has committed his/her life’s work to the restaurant community by promoting the Bay Area as a world-class culinary destination, providing excellent customer service, and mentoring the next generation of culinary professionals. Nancy Oakes was selected by the GGRA as this year’s honoree. A native to Northern California, Nancy has over 30 years of restaurant experience and opened her acclaimed restaurant, Boulevard, in 1993.