Todd English, who I've known for almost 20 years.
The Awards Ceremony
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.
Congrats to Rising Star Chef winner / Serious Eats office neighbor Danny Bowien of Mission Chinese Food!
Showing off his new hardware
I don't have to tell you whose orange clogs those are.
Mario Batali, Ariane Daguin, and Emeril Lagasse
Note Mario's orange tie, which matched his clogs.
Amanda Freitag and Nate Appleman
Two very good cooks.
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 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.
Doug was one of the chefs that cooked in Cuba during visit there last year.
Cesare Casella and Doug Rodriguez
The man in the middle is Cesare Casella, the only chef I know that incorporates fresh herbs into his wardrobe.
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.
Daniel Boulud lighting up the proceedings with his thousand watt smile.
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
General Manager Jeff Katz, chef Mark Ladner and guest celebrated their win for Outstanding Service.
Chef Michael White looking dapper.
Wylie Dufresne and Ariane Daguin
Wylie Dufresne, after six nominations, finally took home his medal for Best Chef NYC. Ariane Daguin is the founder of D'Artagnan.