JWU Zest Awards


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Culinary Innovator winner, Bjoern Weissgerber of ZUMA, Chef Bruce Ozga, Dean of Johnson & Wales University North Miami Campus, College of Culinary Arts and Newcomer of the Year winner, Juliana Gonzalez of Barceloneta Culinary Innovator winner, Bjoern Weissgerber of ZUMA, Chef Bruce Ozga, Dean of Johnson & Wales University North Miami Campus, College of Culinary Arts and Newcomer of the Year winner, Juliana Gonzalez of Barceloneta

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Johnson & Wales University and Miami Magazine hosted the Zest awards, showcasing and honoring South Florida’s culinary leaders in six categories: culinary innovator, best restaurant 2012, newcomer of the year, baking and pastry innovator, top beverage professional and community leader.

And the winners were:

· Culinary Innovator: Bjoern Weissgerber, Zuma, for creating innovative menu items and restaurant concepts using the latest in technology and techniques.

· Best Restaurant 2012: Sra. Martinez, for standing out above the rest in 2012 both for its delicious food and talented culinary team.

· Newcomer of the Year: Juliana Gonzalez, Barceloneta, for creating a new restaurant concept and quickly garnered a loyal foodie following.

· Baking & Pastry Innovator: Michelle Negron, Timo, for showing exemplary creativity and excellence through innovative menu items and restaurant concepts using the latest in technology and techniques.

· Top Beverage Professional: Isaac Grillo, Haven, for showing excellence in finding the best wines or creating the best cocktails.

· Community Leader: Penny Parham, Miami-Dade Public Schools, for positively impacting the region through culinary initiatives in the community




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