Winners of the 2018 Garden State Culinary Arts Awards

Chefs, farmers, brewers, wine makers, food writers, patrons of the culinary arts, and more gathered Sunday night. The celebration of culinary greatness in the Garden State took place under the awe-inspiring, iconic open atrium that was once Bell Labs and is now Bell Works.

Bellworks and bar

Before the awards got underway, guests were treated to a selection of local New Jersey beer and wine at an impressive bar brought in just for the occasion.

Bar at Garden State Culinary Awards

Master of ceremonies for the evening was Andy Clurfeld, founder and president of the Garden State Culinary Arts Foundation. The program also involved many guest presenters which included several winners from last year.

If you missed our post announcing the full list of finalists, you can check it out here.

And the winners are…

Outstanding Food Artisan

Nina and Jonathan White, owners
Bobolink Dairy & Bakehouse, Milford

Bobolink accepting their award
Nina and Jonathan White, owners of Bobolink Dairy & Bakehouse, Milford, accepting their award

Outstanding Farmer

Mathew Conver
Cherry Grove Organic Farm, Lawrence Township

Outstanding Pastry Chef / Baker

Jennifer Colello Carson
Lillipies, Princeton

Jennifer Colello Carson Lillipies, Princeton
Jennifer Colello Carson, Lillipies, Princeton

Outstanding Beer Professional

Ryan Krill, Chris “Hank” Henke, and Bob Krill
Cape May Brewing Co., Cape May

Outstanding Wine Professional (tie)

Sean Comninos, Bill and Penni Heritage
Heritage Vineyards, Mullica Hill

Chris Cree
Pluckemin Inn, Bedminster

From left: Chris Cree of Pluckemin Inn and Sean Comninos of Heritage Vineyards

Outstanding Spirits Professional

Mark Pascal and Francis Schott
Stage Left Steak, New Brunswick

Winners for spirits and best Outstanding Chef
From left: Francis Schott, Stage Left Steak, Dan Richer, Razza Pizza Artigianale and Mark Pascal, Stage Left Steak
Valentina Fortuna Rising Star Chef and her husband
Valentina Fortuna, Rising Star Chef, and her husband, Joshua Dowiak

Garden State Culinary Legend

Ariane Daguin
D’Artagnan, Union

Rising Star Chef

Valentina Fortuna
Constellation Collective, Collingswood

Best Neighborhood Food Establishments

North Jersey

Seabra’s Marisqueira, Newark

Central Jersey

El Tule, Lambertville

South Jersey

Louisa’s Cafe, Cape May


Outstanding New Restaurant

Hearthside, Collingswood

Hearthside Restaurant Collingswood
Form left: Lindsay Piperno, owner; Dominic Piperno, chef-owner; and Aaron Gottesman, co-executive chef, all of Hearthside, Collingswood.

Best Food Market

Stockton Market, Stockton

Outstanding Chef

Dan Richer
Razza Pizza Artigianale, Jersey City

Dan Richer Razza Pizza Artigianale, Jersey City
Dan Richer, Razza Pizza Artigianale, Jersey City

Outstanding Restaurant

Elements, Princeton