Last night I was one of the hosts when the Southern California Restaurant Writers staged their 40th Annual Awards Banquet. The most interesting Astor Classics Museum and Events Center was the place where some of the regions top restaurateurs received their awards.
Named Restaurateur of theYear was Andrew Silber of the Whale & Tail in San Pedro. Chef of the Year was Stefan Weck of the Highland Springs Resort. In all some 528 restaurants received awards this year.
They ranged from five stars to two stars and were grouped in their own category.
The Southern California Restaurant Writers are a non profit organization and any proceeds from events are for culinary arts students scholarships. Also individuals and restaurants donate to the program. These are awarded in the name of the Doris Crandall Scholarship Fund each year to students at Harbor, Glendale and Orange Coast Community Colleges. Also to culinary arts students are Riverside City College and San Bernardino Community College.