CRAzies Awards Categories & Descriptions
Chef of the Year
Best chef in Connecticut. A Connecticut chef whose work exemplifies excellence and sets new or consistent industry standards and who serves as an inspiration to other food professionals.
Baker of the Year
Best Baker in Connecticut. A Connecticut baker whose work sets new or consistent industry standards and who serves as an inspiration to other food professionals. (Note: This award alternates biannually with Pastry Chef of the Year)
Caterer of the Year
Best caterer in Connecticut. A Connecticut caterer who sets the standard for excellence and hospitality.
Server of the Year
Best server in Connecticut. Demonstrates outstanding service, high standards in hospitality and serves as a model employee.
Bartender of the Year
Best bartender in Connecticut. Demonstrates excellence in cocktails, spirits, beer and wine service.
Vendor of the Year
A business providing a product or service to the restaurant or food service industry and exemplifying continued commitment to superior quality, service & support.
Best NEW restaurant in Connecticut. Displays excellence in food, beverage, service and atmosphere and likely to make a positive impact on the CT restaurant scene. Must have been in business for at least 6 months and less than 2 years.
Restaurant of the Year
A Connecticut restaurant that consistently demonstrates quality and excellence in food, service and atmosphere, while making a positive impact in the community
- Restaurant of the Year - North Region (Hartford County & Tolland County)
- Restaurant of the Year - South Region (New Haven County & Middlesex County)
- Restaurant of the Year - East Region (New London County & Windham County)
- Restaurant of the Year - West Region (Litchfield County & Fairfield County)
Restaurateur of the Year
Best hands-on restaurant owner or managing partner who sets high standards for operation, entrepreneurship, and serves as inspiration to other food service professionals.
Hospitality Hall of Fame
A Connecticut restaurant in business for 25 years or more, with consistently high standards of hospitality and service, and widely considered an iconic dining destination.
Your favorite restaurant, dining establishment or local hotspot in Connecticut. Open to full range of dining concepts, restaurant types and diversity of cuisines.