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Local Monterey Bay Aquarium restauranteur a finalist for prestigious award

The James Beard Foundation recently announced that Cindy Pawlcyn of Cindy's Waterfront at the Monterey Bay Aquarium has been nominated as a finalist for the prestigious 2014 James Beard award.

Cindy's Waterfront at the Monterey Bay Aquarium in Monterey, California.
Cindy's Waterfront at the Monterey Bay Aquarium in Monterey, California.
Cindy Pawlcyn, Cindy's Waterfront at the Monterey Bay Aquarium in Monterey, California.

According to the official Cindy's Waterfront Facebook page, Pawlcyn has been nominated for Outstanding Restaurateur in the United States. All official James Beard nominee's can be seen here.

About the Outstanding Restaurateur award
The Outstanding Restaurateur award is given to a working restaurateur who sets high national standards in restaurant operations and entrepreneurship. Candidates must have been in the restaurant business for at least 10 years. Candidates must not have been nominated for a James Beard Foundation chef award in the past 10 years.

The 2014 James Beard Awards will be held in New York City in May. The Book, Broadcast, and Journalism Awards ceremony will take place at Gotham Hall on Friday, May 2, with the James Beard Awards Gala to follow on Monday, May 5, at Lincoln Center's David H. Koch Theater. Tickets to the main gala go on sale today, while the Book, Broadcast, and Journalism Awards ceremony is by invitation only.

Cindy Pawlcyn is from Napa Valley, CA and is known for Mustards Grill and Cindy’s Back Street Kitchen. Take a sample look at Cindy's Waterfront menu and the restaurant is located at 886 Cannery Row in Monterey, CA at the Monterey Bay Aquarium, (831) 648-4870.

About Cindy Pawlcyn
The James Beard Award-winning creator of Mustards Grill in Napa Valley and more than a dozen other critically acclaimed "farm-to-table" restaurants, Cindy has earned a reputation over the past 30 years as one of California's top chefs. She's been the Aquarium's culinary partner since 2010. At Cindy's Waterfront, Cindy and resident Executive Chef Jeff Rogers have crafted a menu comprised of dishes featuring fresh interpretations of her well-loved seasonal California "comfort food.

Monterey Bay Aquarium Culinary Partner (From the Monterey Bay Aquarium Website)
Cindy Pawlcyn has pioneered fresh, local, seasonal wine country cuisine since opening Napa Valley's legendary Mustards Grill in 1983. She helped create over a dozen Bay Area restaurants including Fog City Diner, Bix, Roti, Betelnut, Buckeye Roadhouse and Tra Vigne, and is the founder/owner of two of Napa Valley's most beloved restaurants: Mustards Grill and the popular and eclectic Cindy's Backstreet Kitchen.

Born in Minneapolis, Cindy grew up in an accomplished culinary family where fresh ingredients were integral to every meal. "One of my first culinary memories is sitting with the salt shaker in the backyard garden while my dad picked perfectly ripe tomatoes hot off the vine for us to eat with that simplest of seasonings," she says. A master chef of national acclaim, she is the author of four cookbooks—with more on the way.

As culinary partner for the Monterey Bay Aquarium, Cindy brings her trademark seasonal flavors and advocacy for sustainable cuisine to perfect accord with the Aquarium's highly regarded Seafood Watch program and commitment to excellence. Her authentic style and vibrant cuisine can be savored at our restaurant, Cindy's Waterfront, and the Cafe, as well as at catered events.

"Cindy Pawlcyn is an extraordinary chef and advocate for sustainable cuisine and Seafood Watch," said Julie Packard, executive director of the Aquarium. "We're delighted our daytime guests and attendees at evening events can be treated to dishes that reflect her culinary vision."

Cindy's Waterfront serves American cuisine and a sample menu can be viewed here.

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