SE Overlord Ed Levine donned his monkey suit last night to attend the James Beard Awards, aka the Oscars of the food world. Here's his take on things, including a behind-the-scenes look at how the winners are selected.
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This year's winners of the James Beard Foundation Awards—some surprising, others not—were a worthy and deserving crew. Check out Danny Bowien of Mission Chinese Food, the Del Posto team, and more winners showing off their medals, as well as more party photos.
The 2013 James Beard Awards went down tonight at Avery Fisher Hall, and while we'll have plenty of snapshots tomorrow, we want to give a big congrats to everyone who just won. Here they are.
Michael Anthony licked caviar off his shiny Beard medal in the press room. Serious Eats overlord Ed Levine took off his shoes (and hid them under the Barbuto table) before 9pm. And, of course, the elegant Eleven Madison Park turned into a sloppy, beer-soaked mess sometime after midnight, with the champagne-spraying and table-dancing that have become an annual tradition. Just business as usual at the 2012 James Beard Awards.
The 2012 James Beard Awards went down tonight at Avery Fisher Hall, and while we'll have all sorts of reports in the morning, we wanted to congratulate the winners right now. Here they are.
In other industries, you might spend the night before the biggest event of the year—in the food world, that's tonight's James Beard Foundation Chef awards—I don't know, resting, or watching Mad Men, or eating a sensible meal and going to bed early. But that's not what chefs do. Instead, they turned out in full force to Chef's Night Out at Chelsea Market, for a Negroni or six and good eats from the Chelsea Market crew. Take a look!
Yesterday the James Beard Foundation announced the nominees for the 2012 James Beard Awards, and, once again, absolutely packed with Chicago chefs and writers. The announcement was especially good news for Next and its executive chef Dave Beran, as it picked up nominations for Best New Restaurant and Rising Star Chef of the Year.
Over on Twitter the James Beard Foundation just released their nominees for the 2012 James Beard Awards. Here are the New York contenders in the national categories and New York categories.
The 2011 James Beard Restaurant and Chef Awards went down last night, and Team Serious Eats was on-hand to watch it all unfold. Take a look inside Lincoln Center: best bites from outstanding chefs, Ed hugging food notables, and more!
Any serious eater out for a late bite at a high-end restaurant last night likely found him- or herself in the middle of a non-stop party. And I mean party. Why? New York chefs, restaurateurs, and sommeliers cleaned up at the 2010 James Beard Restaurant Awards. And when these competitive folks celebrate, they party hard. At Eleven Madison Park at 2:00 in the morning, Best NYC Chef winner Daniel Humm and Daniel Boulud leapt up onto a reservationist's table to lead a horde of fellow dancers in an air guitar rendition of "Sweet Child of Mine."
A big congratulations to the 2010 James Beard Foundation Restaurant & Chef award winners (full list, after the jump):
Best Chef, Great Lakes: Koren Grieveson, Avec, Chiacgo
Best Chef, Mid-Atlantic: Jeff Michaud, Osteria, Philadelphia
Best Chef, Midwest: Alexander Roberts, Restaurant Alma, Minneapolis
Best Chef, NYC: Daniel Humm, Eleven Madison Park
Best Chef, Northeast: Clark Frasier and Mark Gaier, Arrows, Ogunquit ME
Best Chef, Northwest: Jason Wilson, Crush, Seattle
Best Chef, Pacific: David Kinch, Manresa, Los Gatos CA
Best Chef, South: Michael Schwartz, Michael's Genuine Food & Drink
Best Chef, Southeast: Sean Brock, McCrady's, Charleston SC
Best Chef, Southwest: Claude Le Tohic, Joël Robuchon at the MGM Grand Hotel and Casino, Las Vegas
Last night, the James Beard Foundation presented its awards in the Media and Books categories (tomorrow night is the Restaurant and Chef component). Here are the 2010 James Beard Foundation Media Award winners, in order of announcement. Congrats to all the winners and nominees!
This year I watched the entire James Beard Foundation Awards ceremony from the ridiculously crowded and cramped press room, located in the bowels of Lincoln Center's Avery Fisher Hall in Manhattan. We all watched the video monitors as the awards unfolded, and when our personal favorites won, started yelling at the screen, the way longtime offtrack betting habitues yell when a race is on.
Eat Me Daily, with a thoughtful analysis of and picks for the James Beard Book Awards....
The James Beard Foundation just released the list of chef and restaurant semifinalists [PDF] for the nicknamed "Oscars of the food world." The nominees won't be announced until March. To give you a taste, we've listed the Outstanding Restaurant semifinalists after the jump; the PDF at the Beard site lists the rest—Outstanding Chef, Best New Restaurant, Rising Star Chef, etc....
The so-called Oscars of the Food World will now accept nominations for blogs: "The Journalism Awards program has established a new James Beard Foundation Award for Blogs focusing on Food, Restaurants, Beverage, or Nutrition." It's not like web entities had been barred from entering, but its nice to see the foundation tip its hat explicitly to the impact blogs have had on the food world. Enter here, bloggers! [via Eater]...
Michael Bauer of the San Francisco Chronicle on this year's James Beard awards: "What all this says to me is that as a dining nation we're growing up. Winning doesn't necessarily mean glitzy surroundings, high-profile names and chic locations; it's about how the people behind the stove translate their passion to diners."...