Slideshow: Snapshots with Chefs at the 2013 James Beard Foundation Awards

Todd English
Todd English
Todd English, who I've known for almost 20 years.
The Awards Ceremony
The Awards Ceremony
What we ate in the press room
What we ate in the press room
This was the only morsel of food served in the press room full of hungry journalists and chefs—for almost 3 hours.
Showing off his new hardware
Showing off his new hardware
Orange clogs
Orange clogs
I don't have to tell you whose orange clogs those are.
Mario Batali, Ariane Daguin, and Emeril Lagasse
Mario Batali, Ariane Daguin, and Emeril Lagasse
Note Mario's orange tie, which matched his clogs.
Amanda Freitag and Nate Appleman
Amanda Freitag and Nate Appleman
Two very good cooks.
A depressing sign
A depressing sign
This tells you everything you need to know about how hungry everybody was.
Gavin Kaysen's Braised Octopus with Sea Urchin
Gavin Kaysen's Braised Octopus with Sea Urchin
Gavin Kaysen of Cafe Boulud served this braised octopus with sea urchin, coconut, avocado, and cilantro. He took pity on us and fed us before he was supposed to.
More Doug
More Doug
Doug was one of the chefs that cooked in Cuba during visit there last year.
Cesare Casella and Doug Rodriguez
Cesare Casella and Doug Rodriguez
The man in the middle is ‚ÄéCesare Casella, the only chef I know that incorporates fresh herbs into his wardrobe.
Claudia Fleming
Claudia Fleming
Claudia Fleming, one of the greatest pastry chefs ever (read our interview with her here). She and her chef husband Gerry Hayden own The North Fork Table & Inn, a restaurant-inn on Long Island.
Brooks Headley
Brooks Headley
Brooks Headley, the mad genius pastry chef at Del Posto, was a very worthy winner of the Outstanding Pastry Chef award.
The rest of the Del Posto Team
The rest of the Del Posto Team
General Manager Jeff Katz, chef Mark Ladner and guest celebrated their win for Outstanding Service.
Michael White
Michael White
Chef Michael White looking dapper.