Mary Brown Malouf
Food and dining editor for Salt Lake magazine.

Jimmy Santangelo 
Owner of the Wine Academy of Utah, which provides education, training and sommelier services to restaurants and is an approved program provider for the Wine and Spirit Education Trust, and beverage director at Copper Onion, one of Wine Enthusiast’s America’s 100 Best Wine Restaurants 2012. 

Chantelle Bourdeaux 
National sales manager for A Priori foods, which distributes the fine Utah and imported foods to select restaurants and shops, she is also an active member of Slow Food Utah and a dedicated food-lover who left the business world for the food world and never looked back.

Jason Mathis 
A lifelong resident of Salt Lake City and a longtime leader in marketing and communication efforts for local nonprofit organizations, he serves as the executive director of Salt Lake City’s Downtown Alliance and as executive vice president of the Salt Lake Chamber of Commerce.

Scott Beck
President/CEO of Visit Salt Lake, whose mission is to enhance the area’s economy by acquiring and servicing conventions, leisure travelers, and visitors to Salt Lake County. 

Salt Lake magazine gave out its first Dining Awards in 1996, with the goal of recognizing Utah restaurants in the interest of fostering, encouraging and rewarding excellence in all areas of the business.  

Our Dining Awards are not based on any kind of scoring system, but on an evaluation of how well a restaurant or chef exemplifies a category. Winners are determined by a panel of professional and amateur foodies. The panel takes into consideration a number of factors when determining winners, including excellence and consistency in the area for which a restaurant is nominated; the current status of a restaurant (does it have a new chef, new ownership, etc.); and the overall quality of a restaurant in all aspects: food, of course, but also service and value, as well as décor, ambience and universal accessibility.  

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