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Santé Award Winners

Santé Awards Hall of Fame

Individual Awards

Wine Professional of the Year

1998 -  Randal Caparoso, proprietor, Caparoso Wines
1999 -  Madeline Triffon, MS, wine director, Matt Prentice Restaurant Group, Bingham Farms, MI
2000 -  Daniel Johnnes, wine director, Daniel Boulud’s Dinex Group, New York City;  and Larry Stone, MS, general manager, Rubicon Estate, Rutherford, CA
2001 -  Roger Dagorn, MS, wine director and maître d’, Chanterelle, New York City
2002 -  Bill Edwards, vice president national account sales, Southern Wines & Spirits of America,
            Inc., Miami
2003 -  John Blazon, MS, former beverage standards manager, DisneyCorporation, Lake Buena Vista, 
2004 -  David Alphonse, vice president of beverage, Back Bay Restaurant Group, Boston
2005 -  Debbie Zachareas, owner and partner, Ferry Plaza Wine Merchant & Bar, San Francisco
2006 -  Fred Dame,MS, director, Icon Estates Constellation Wine US; and president, Guild of Sommeliers Education Foundation, San Francisco
2007 -  Rob Bigelow, MS, wine director at the Bellagio, Las Vegas, NV
2008 -  Evan Goldstein, MS, president and chief education officer, Full Circle Wine Solutions, San Francisco


Culinary Professional of the Year

1999 -  Bob Waggoner, former executive chef, Charleston Grill, Charleston, SC
2000 -  Michael Schlow, executive chef/partner, Radius, Via Matta, and Great Bay, Boston
2001 -  Alan Wong, chef/owner, Alan Wong’s and The Pineapple Room, Honolulu, and Alan
            Wong’s, Tokyo
2002 -  Craig Shelton, chef/managing partner, The Ryland Inn, Whitehouse, NJ
2003 -  Charlie Palmer, chef/restaurateur, New York City
2004 -  Jody Adams, executive chef, Rialto at The Charles Hotel, Cambridge, MA
2005 -  Edward G. Leonard, CMC AAC, team management/chef, ACF Culinary Team USA
2006 -  Rick Moonen, chef/proprietor, rm Seafood, Las Vegas
2007 -  Gale Gand, executive pastry chef and owner of TRU, Chicago
2008 - Scott Hunnell, CEC, chef de cuisine, Victoria & Albert’s, Disney’s Grand Floridian Restaurant, Lake Buena Vista, Florida

Spirits Professional of the Year

2003 -  Stephen Olson, proprietor, a.k.a. Wine Geek, New York City
2004 -  Tony Abou-Ganim, proprietor, The Modern Mixologist, Las Vegas
2005 -  Dale DeGroff, master mixologist, author of The Craft of the Cocktail and The Essential Cocktail, New York City
2006 -  Michael Waterhouse, partner, Drink Tank, Ltd, New York City
2007 -  Lucy Brennan, owner of Mint and 820, Portland, OR
2008 - Francesco Lafranconi, national director of mixology & spirits educator, Southern Wine & Spirits of America, Inc, Las Vegas

Restaurant Awards

Wine Hospitality Restaurant of the Year

1998 -  Prima, Walnut Creek, CA
1999 -  California Grill, Walt Disney World, Lake Buena Vista, FL
2000 -  The Dining Room at the Ritz-Carlton Chicago
2001 -  Patina, Los Angeles
2002 -  Veritas, New York City
2003 -  Elizabeth’s Café and Winery, Duck, NC
2004 -  Rubicon, San Francisco
2005 -  Canlis, Seattle
2006 -  Studio Restaurant at Montage Resort & Spa, Laguna Beach, CA
2007 -  Charlie Trotter’s, Chicago and Herbfarm Restaurant, Woodinville, WA
2008 -  Ristorante Panorama, Philadelphia

Culinary Hospitality Restaurant of the Year

1999 -  March, New York City
2000 -  Everest, Chicago
2001 -  l’étoile at The Charlotte Inn, Edgartown, MA
2002 -  Bacchanalia, Atlanta
2003 -  Rosemary’s Restaurant, Las Vegas
2004 - The Left Bank at The Sanderling Resort & Spa, Duck, NC
2005 -  Cetrella Bistro and Café, Half Moon Bay, CA
2006 -  Flying Fish, Seattle
2007 -  bluestem Restaurant and Wine Lounge, Kansas City, MO
2008 -  l’Etoile and Café Soliel, Madison, WI


Spirits Hospitality Restaurant of the Year

2003 -  Furio, Scottsdale, AZ
2004 -  Jimmy’s, Aspen, CO
2005 -  Rosemary’s Restaurant, Las Vegas
2006 -  Trés Agaves-Mexican Kitchen & Tequila Lounge, San Francisco
2007 -  Naçional 27, Chicago
2008 -  Proof on Main, Louisville, KY

Restaurateur of the Year

2007 -  Alan Stillman, founder, Smith & Wollensky Restaurant Group, New York City
2008 -  Wolfgang Puck, chairman and CEO, Wolfgang Puck Worldwide, Beverly Hills, California