May 8, 2013
/PRNewswire/ -- The votes are in and the public has spoken! After a month of hungry competition and thousands of votes,
reveals the best food experiences America has to offer. The Munchies served up 20 categories of Terrific Tastemakers, Best Bites and Delicious Destinations, and fan favorites such as
, Cooking Light
Magazine and the TV show "
" bested the competition by taking home The Munchies awards in the Best Food TV Personality, Best Food Magazine
and Best Reality Food TV Show categories.
In its second year, The Munchies: People's Choice Food Awards were hosted by
, chef and the 2013 winner of the
Award for Outstanding TV Personality/Host. Zimmern and an expert panel of 26 celebrity chowhounds developed the list of nominees, which were then put to popular vote on
"It's been exciting to ignite a passionate food debate and encourage people to support their favorite restaurants, media, and chefs by voting," says The Munchies lead panelist
. "These awards are a celebration of the food experience across America, and I congratulate each of the winners."
The people chose
as Best Food City. Additionally,
establishments Bar Toma, Butcher and the Burger, and Hoosier Mama Pie Co., received The Munchies awards for Best Pizza, Best Burger and Best Bakery.
Other cities weren't left in the cold, however, with the Best Taco award going to La Condesa in
; the Best BBQ award going to Oklahoma Joe's in
Kansas City, KS
; and the Best Local Farmers Market award going to North Market in
. Waffle House, headquartered in
, won Best Late Night Food and Loveless Cafe in
won for Best Breakfast. Other notable winners include "NPR: Food" for Best Podcast or Radio Show and Serious Eats for Best Food Blog or Site.
The Munchies winners will receive their awards in the coming weeks, but they're not the only winners: a donation was made to Feeding America on behalf of the panelists and voters who participated in selecting the Terrific Tastemakers, Best Bites and Delicious Destinations that are being honored.