The 2nd Global Cuisine Awards Celebrated the Top Chefs & Restaurants of Los Angeles

Sixteen restaurants accepted Global Cuisine Awards for excellence in the culinary arts

Hosted by Leiti Hsu of Word of Mouth, the 2nd Global Cuisine Awards were held on Thursday, December 6th, 2018 from 11am to 2pm at Vibiana, in Downtown Los Angeles. Chefs, restaurateurs, press and industry insiders gathered together to celebrate the best of the Los Angeles’ dining scene.

The GCA Committee Chairman, Chef Neal Fraser, shared his excitement surrounding this event that provided the culinary industry an opportunity to connect and celebrate culinary excellence in his opening remarks. Presenters included Zach Brooks of Smorgasburg LA, Jayson Portman of sbe, Ben and Lisa Waters of L.A. Foodie, Devrin Jeck the Consul General of Malaysia, actor Matthew Knowles and award-winning actress Aurora Ouyang. Guests at the awards show enjoyed a special three course menu, crafted by Chef Neal Fraser. Entertainment included special performances by The Fresh Rhythm and famed Chinese magician Conan Liu. The La La Noodle sponsored event was presented by the American Food Association and Global Talents Media Group in partnership with Lansion Media and Chef Neal Fraser and represented by United Talent Agency.

The Winners of the 2nd Global Cuisine Awards are:

Best Chinese Restaurant:

Chengdu Taste – Winner

Bistro Na’s

Din Tai Fung

HaiDiLao Hotpot

Shancheng Lameizi


Best French Restaurant:

Mélisse – Winner

L’Assiette Steak Frites



Trois Mec


Best Italian Restaurant:

Sotto – Winner

Cal Mare

Osteria La Buca

Scopa Italian Roots



Best Japanese Restaurant:

Sushi Ginza Onodera – Winner

Izakaya Gazen

Marugame Monzo




Best Korean Restaurant:

Genwa Korean BBQ – Winner

Kang Ho-Dong Baekieong

Master Ha

Soowon Galbi

Sulga Jinju Gom Tang House of Beef Soup


Best Middle Eastern Restaurant:

Kaban Persian Restaurant – Winner


Farsi Cafe


Oasis Mediterranean Cuisine


Best New American Restaurant:

Animal – Winner


Rustic Canyon

The Tasting Kitchen



Best Restaurant Design:

Catch LA – Winner






Best Seafood Restaurant:

Fishing with Dynamite – Winner


Connie & Ted’s

Son of a Gun



Best Southeast Asian Restaurant:

Pho Saigon Pearl – Winner


Little Sister

Nong La Cafe

Pa Ord Noodle


Best Steakhouse:

BOA Steakhouse – Winner



Mastro’s Ocean Club

Nick + Stef’s Steakhouse


Chef of the Year:

Phillip Frankland Lee – Winner

Antonia Lofaso

Curtis Stone

Josiah Citrin

Marcel Vigneron


Lifetime Achievement Award:

Curtis Stone – Winner

Nancy Silverton

Niki Nakayama

Nobu Matsuhisa

Wolfgang Puck


Restaurant of the Moment:

Marugame Monzo – Winner

A Food Affair

Faith & Flower




Restaurant of the Year:

Broken Spanish – Winner

Jon & Vinny’s


Running Goose

Rustic Canyon


Outstanding Culinary Tradition:

Musso & Frank Grill – Winner

Anarkali Indian Restaurant

Little Next Door

Meals by Genet

Tara’s Himalayan Cuisine

The Global Cuisine Awards honor top restaurants from around the world and promote the world’s culinary cultures and the cities that best represent the ever-diversifying food landscape. The committee has decided to focus on Los Angeles for the 2nd Global Cuisine Awards. The GCA committee members evaluate every aspect of Los Angeles’ top restaurants, utilizing the group’s diverse professional and culinary experiences as a foundation.