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 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,

Award Winner Profile: Food Wishes shares Secrets to Online Success




An Interview with “Food Wishes” CHEF JOHN MITZEWICH


QUESTION: John, what exactly is Food Wishes?

CHEF JOHN: Food Wishes is the name of my show on YouTube, which features more than 800 video recipes.

The concept is a show based on the “food wishes” of the viewers, as in, “I wish I could make a great pizza at home.”

Q: How did you come up with the name?

CJ: When I first started I worked with a few friends on a site called “Wish Upon a Stove.” When I went off on my own, I changed it to “Food Wishes.”

Q: How many recipes a week do you prepare?

CJ: I film 2 or 3 new video recipes every week.

Q: So, where do you get the ideas for the recipes?

CJ: The viewers’ own “food wishes!”

Q: Do you create them all, or do you use other recipe sources?

CJ: Some I create, some are inspired by things I see online, or viewers send in recipes.

Q: You were primarily on YouTube. Did you initially decide for this to be your main platform?

CJ: When I started, YouTube was the only video hosting site I actually knew about. But then I discovered the large food community there, and they discovered me, and that’s been the main platform since.

Q: How many viewers do you usually have on YouTube?

CJ: We get over 3 million views a month.

Q: Wow, any tips for aspiring YouTube stars?

CJ: Your content has to be entertaining, but it’s really all about quantity. You have to produce lots of content, like 2-3 videos a weeks for a couple years if you want to build a large audience.

Q: But now you are also on How did that come about?

CJ: They approached me regarding a partnership, and it ended up being a perfect fit. We have the same missions: get people to discover the joys of  cooking at home, provide them with all of the necessary (and fun) tools and inspiration to create great meals.