Tony Mantuano's Eat Out Awards entrance | Video

We're not sure if he actually brought his knives, but Chef Tony Mantuano definitely brought his attitude—shots were done on the podium and the chef wasn't shy about mentioning his favorites of the nominees. We wouldn't want it any other way. But the story of the chef's journey downstairs to the Modern Wing hasn't been told—watch the "short film" featuring our own Frank Sennett above and you'll see.

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