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The 2014 stars of the Maryland restaurant industry awards are announced!

Winner of Best New Restaurant
Winner of Best New Restaurant
photographs by Dara Bunjon©

After 25,000 votes, the Restaurant Association of Maryland announced the winners of the 60th Annual McCormick & Company Stars of the Industry Awards. The Gala Celebration and Awards presentation took place at the Hyatt Regency Chesapeake Bay in Cambridge, Maryland. Over twenty-five thousand members of Maryland’s dining public voted for their favorite Maryland restaurants and industry professionals.

And the winners are:

2014 Restaurateur of the Year: presented by the Maryland Restaurant & Hospitality Self Insurance Fund

Tammy Patrick-Cebula
Galaxy 66 Bar & Grille and Skye Bar

2014 Allied Member of the Year: presented by Nourish Now & Alliance Material Handling

Vinnie Rege
Howard Community College Center for Hospitality and Culinary Studies

2014 Chef of the Year: presented by MICROS

Travis Wright
The Shark on the Harbor

2014 Craft Brew Program of the Year: presented by Evolution Craft Brewing Co.

Fager’s Island

2014 Favorite Restaurant:


2014 Wine & Beverage Program of the Year:


2014 Favorite Bar or Tavern:

Brew River Restaurant & Bar

2014 Favorite New Restaurant:

Grille 620

The Otto Schellhase Award:

Jeff Owens

Clyde’s Restaurant Group

The Brice & Shirley Phillips Lifetime Achievement Award:

Fred Lankford
SYSCO Eastern Maryland

The Heart of the Industry Award:presented by Payce Payroll

Ron Barnette

Miss Shirley’s Café

Amanda Taylor
Horizons Restaurant at the Clarion Resort Fontainebleau Hotel

Eddie Dopkin’s First Course Award, Honoring Entrepreneurship in Hospitality:

Sandra Maye - Stratford University

2014 ProStart Student of the Year:

Adrian Stewart - Bowie High School

2014 ProStart Teacher of the Year:

Faith King - Edmonson Westside High School

McCormick Cornerstone of the Industry Award

Awarded to the companies that best illustrate how restaurants are the cornerstone of the economy and their community. These successful businesses support local communities by creating jobs and financially supporting non-profit groups, schools, scouts and youth sports teams.

  • Galway Bay Irish Pub
  • CarterQue BBQ & Grilling Co.
  • Glory Days Grill
  • Rams Head Tavern - Annapolis

Maryland Hospitality Hall of Honor 2014 Inductees

In 2000, the Maryland Hospitality Hall of Honor was created to recognize those restaurants in Maryland that embody the spirit of the hospitality industry based on their longevity and overall contributions to their customers and the industry as a whole. These are the longtime favorites and best of the best.

  • Bayside Skillet
  • Middleton Tavern
  • Kelsey's Restaurant
  • BJ's on the Water
  • Cracker Barrel Restaurant & Old Country Store

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