8th Annual TASTE Awards Finalists and Honorees Announced

The 8th Annual TASTE AWARDS announce the Special Achievement Award Winners (Honorees), General Category Award Nominees, and Viewers Choice Nominees.

TASTE AWARDS Winner Kid Chef Eliana Wins Food Network’s Chopped Teen Tournament Battle 4


16-year-old Kid Chef Eliana (Eliana de Las Casas), TASTE AWARDS-winning chef, cookbook author, and radio show host, is a competitor on Food Network’s Chopped Teen Tournament. The tournament has 16 teens battling for a cash prize of $25,000. Kid Chef Eliana won Battle 4 of the series and moves on to the finale, which airs on Tuesday, September 20, 2016 at 9pm CDT.

The incredibly popular show with millions of viewers pits contestants against each other while trying to master ingredients revealed in a mystery basket. In Chopped Teen Tournament, there are four contestants in each battle with three rounds: appetizer, entrée, and dessert. Each contestant receives the same ingredients and are given 30 minutes to transform the ingredients into dishes presented to three celebrity chef judges. If the judges deem the dish unsatisfactory, the contestant is “chopped.” The winner of each battle in Chopped Teen Tournament advances to the grand finale on Tuesday, September 20, 2016 to compete for $25,000.

Eliana says, “I am thrilled that I won Battle 4 of the competition but more importantly, I made awesome new friends both on screen and off. The other teen chefs I competed with are crazy talented and I am grateful to have made it this far. The love and support from my family, school, and community have been overwhelming.”


Image Courtesy of the Food Network

Eliana will have a public viewing party at Poseidon Restaurant, 2100 St. Charles Avenue in New Orleans, where she will host a meet and greet and book signing. The Asian restaurant boasts large screen televisions and four fun karaoke rooms. Owner “Jimmy” Zhao Li says, “We are honored to host Chef Eliana’s Chopped Finale viewing party and hope everyone enjoys watching Chopped here.” Poseidon’s PR Director, Carolyn Shelton, says, “We are so proud of young Chef Eliana and can’t wait to see her in the finale! Our whole restaurant is rooting for her.”

The accomplished young chef and cookbook author’s weekly radio show, “Let’s Get Cookin’,” is on New Orleans 102.3 FM WHIV (“We Honor Independent Voices”). She is currently featured in Ripley’s Believe It or Not Kids Fun Facts and Silly Stories (Ripley Entertainment; September 2016) and Garvey’s Choice by award-winning children’s book author, Nikki Grimes (Wordsong; September 2016). Kid Chef Eliana attends New Orleans Center for Creative Arts where she is enrolled in the culinary arts program supported by the Emeril Lagasse Foundation.

Check out Kid Chef Eliana’s newest cookbook, Cool Kids Cook: Fresh & Fit!

ABOUT Kid Chef Eliana
16-year-old Award-Winning Chef, Cookbook Author, and Radio Show Host
CEO of Eliana Cooks!
National Food & Beverage Foundation Kids Ambassador
Crescent City Farmers Market Marketeer Ambassador
Twitter: @KidChefEliana
Facebook: ElianaCooksFanPage
Instagram: @KidChefEliana

TASTE AWARDS select San Francisco as New Location


The TASTE AWARDS Committee is pleased to announce that the 7th Annual TASTE AWARDS will take place on February 11, 2016 in San Francisco.

As part of its long term concept, the awards rotate regularly between Hollywood and San Francisco, with the next event planned in the City by the Bay.

The TASTE AWARDS are the premier awards show celebrating the year’s best in Food, Fashion, Travel and Lifestyle programs on Television, in Film, Online, and on Radio. With its strong leading-edge culture of both culinary and technological innovation, the Bay Area community is embracing the event with open arms.

“San Francisco is a perfect location for an awards show that combines food and technology,” said Joe D’Alessandro, president and CEO of San Francisco Travel.

The Annual Awards have included appearances by stars, celebrities, producers and executives from networks and platforms such as the Food Network, Bravo, the Cooking Channel, TLC, Discovery, Lifetime, E! Entertainment Television, PBS, NBC, ABC, the CW, HGTV, the Travel Channel, HD Net, Hulu, YouTube, Sony Pictures, Esquire Network, Spike TV, Vimeo, iHeart Radio, Vice, Bio / FYI Channel, Dreamworks and more.

Says Dr. Theresa Watts of awards partner Ferrara Flame, “We are honored to once again be one of the proud sponsors of this amazing event. As the Taste Awards is an excellent salute to experts in food, wine, fine dining, innovation and fashion, San Francisco, a city that embraces all things elegant, high class, avant-garde and leading-edge, is the perfect place for such a wonderful awards show.”

In addition to the new date and location, the awards will also include the 2nd MEDIA TASTEMAKERS SUMMIT. The Summit is a one-of-its-kind gathering of Digital Media, Traditional Media, Online Video, Web producers, Platforms, Apps and Startups specifically focused on the lucrative & highly influential Lifestyle categories of Food & Wine, Fashion, Design & Travel.

“The San Francisco Bay Area is a pioneering food region and home to many talented artists and designers, making it the perfect fit to host the annual TASTE AWARDS,” commented Stacy Jed, Owner, Bluestem Brasserie. “The city has always provided a sense of innovation and expressive freedom which goes hand-in-hand with the awards that celebrate leading achievements in film, video and online content.”

Adds Television Host, Restaurateur and Cookbook Author Joanne Weir, “With extraordinary food and incomparable wines, what better place to hold the TASTE AWARDS than in San Francisco.”

Current sponsors and partners for the star-studded event include Ferrara Flames, TasteTV, Intermezzo Magazine, Cuisine Noir Magazine, SIP For the Love of Drink, Schiltz Farm’s roast goose, R&B Cellars, PR Newswire, SIXTY Beverly Hills, Clubcard Printing, R & J Toffees Dark Almond Toffee, En Voyage Perfumes, Cognoscenti, L’Aromatica Perfume, La Fleur by Livvy, Thorn & Bloom Perfume, Patagonia Provisions, Jim’s Jarhead Jerky, Fusion Jerky,, and more.

A full list of previous Award Winners, Honorees, and Nominees, plus event photos and coverage, can be seen on the site,