Gallery: Snapshots from the 2012 James Beard Award Gala

Outside The Awards
Outside The Awards
Winners Christina Tosi and Michael Anthony
Winners Christina Tosi and Michael Anthony

Two huge winners of the night. Christina won Rising Star Chef (a rare recognition for a pastry chef), while Michael took Best Chef New York.

Ed's Stocking Feet
Ed's Stocking Feet

The stress of close-toed shoes got to Ed about an hour in... so his shoes went under Jonathan Waxman's table to hang out for the evening. Ed was a visibly happier man afterward.

The Crew
The Crew

From left: Senior Managing Editor Carey Jones, Chief Creative Officer J. Kenji Lopéz-Alt's wife Adriana, National Managing Editor Erin Zimmer, and Supreme Overlord-for-life Ed Levine. This was at Gramercy Tavern later in the evening.

Seamus Mullen
Seamus Mullen

Chef Seamus Mullen of Tertulia, nominated for Best New Restaurant.

Danny Meyer, Audrey Meyer, and Ed
Danny Meyer, Audrey Meyer, and Ed

Danny Meyer was all smiles at the afterparty at his Gramercy Tavern.

Ken Friedman, April Bloomfield
Ken Friedman, April Bloomfield

April was nominated for Best Chef: New York this year.

Winner, Grant Achatz
Winner, Grant Achatz

Grant's Next in Chicago won Best New Restaurant.

Stephanie Izard
Stephanie Izard
Laura Cunningham, Thomas Keller, Jean-Georges Vongerichten, and Phil Suarez
Laura Cunningham, Thomas Keller, Jean-Georges Vongerichten, and Phil Suarez
The Spiaggia Crew
The Spiaggia Crew

Sarah Grueneberg, Tony Mantuano

Rick Bayless and Floyd Cardoz
Rick Bayless and Floyd Cardoz

Rick Bayless of Chicago's Frontera Grill and Topolobampo talks with Floyd Cardoz of New York's North End Grill.

Eleven Madison Park crew
Eleven Madison Park crew

Big winners tonight for Outstanding Restaurant (Eleven Madison Park)

Edward Lee, Paul Qui, and Dates
Edward Lee, Paul Qui, and Dates

Paul took home Best Chef: Southwest for his Uchiko in Austin.

Aarón Sanchez
Aarón Sanchez
Wylie Dufresne
Wylie Dufresne

Up for Best Chef: New York.

Danny Bowien and Elizabeth Faulkner
Danny Bowien and Elizabeth Faulkner
Ed and Gail Simmons
Ed and Gail Simmons
Dan Barber, Wolfgang Puck, and dates
Dan Barber, Wolfgang Puck, and dates
Ken Oringer, Jamie Bissonnette, and his father
Ken Oringer, Jamie Bissonnette, and his father

Bissonnette was up for Best Chef: Northeast for his work at his and Oringer's restaurant Coppa.

Chris Cosentino
Chris Cosentino

Of San Francisco's Incanto and Boccalone. Like many chefs at the event, he was sporting a "Save the Foie" pin, in protest of California's upcoming ban on foie gras.

David Bouley, Todd English, and Daniel Boulud
David Bouley, Todd English, and Daniel Boulud
Cat Silirie
Cat Silirie

Cat won the award for Outstanding Wine Program for her work at No. 9 Park in Boston.

Jim Meehan and Ed Levine
Jim Meehan and Ed Levine

Meehan won the first-ever Outstanding Bar Program award for PDT.

Tory Miller
Tory Miller

L'Etoile's Tory Miller was named Best Chef Midwest. "This is weird!" he told us outside the auditorium as he called family and friends. "My phone is blowing up right now!"

Tim Cushman
Tim Cushman

Winner for Best Chef: Northeast for his O Ya in Boston.

Michael Anthony Examines Caviar
Michael Anthony Examines Caviar

With a bit of urging, Best Chef New York winner Anthony did a shot of caviar off his newly minted medal.

Yes, He Ate It
Yes, He Ate It

Caviar off of my James Beard award? Don't mind if I do!

This is a pretty special life moment we're witnessing, right here.

John Kessler, Ed Levine, Carey Jones
John Kessler, Ed Levine, Carey Jones
Dungeness crab reuben
Dungeness crab reuben

The sandwich that everyone was in line for—a Dungeness crab reuben, from Portland chef Vitaly Paley.

Colin Lynch Plating
Colin Lynch Plating

Colin Lynch of Boston's Mentón plating ham aspic.

Ed, Marco Canora, and Nilou Motamed
Ed, Marco Canora, and Nilou Motamed
Bonus: Daniel Humm Dancing on Tables
Bonus: Daniel Humm Dancing on Tables

The Outstanding Chef himself also has pretty outstanding dance moves. There he is on the very right, shaking it at Eleven Madison Park. (We were busy shaking it ourselves on the dance floor while snapping this.) Note also the second guy taking a selfie, niiiiice.

[Photograph: Erin Zimmer]