See the full list of winners, after the break.
Plus, I think Alton would make a great, if eccentric, emcee. Who would you like to see host the Oscars of the food world?
The semifinalists were announced for the following restaurant and chef categories: outstanding restaurateur, outstanding chef, outstanding restaurant, outstanding service, best new restaurant, rising star chef of the year, outstanding pastry chef, outstanding wine service, outstanding wine and spirits professional, and best chef for the following regions: Pacific, Mid-Atlantic, Midwest, Great Lakes, New York City, Northeast, Northwest, Southeast, Southwest, and South.
To find out which big names made headlines, read more.
While the fashion world turned its eyes to the Met's Costume Institute Gala, the food glitterati had a celebration of their own last night.
The James Beard Awards, the food industry's equivalent to the Oscars, were announced in New York City at an awards ceremony hosted by Stanley Tucci (star of the upcoming Julie and Julia), Emeril Lagasse, and Cat Cora. The festivities celebrated "Women in Food" with a postceremony gala hosted by Lidia Bastianich. Thirty-eight awards were presented, while the Journalism and Broadcast Media Awards were announced the night before at a special dinner.
The top winners were Blue Hill's Dan Barber (Outstanding Chef) and San Francisco's darling Nate Appleman (Rising Star Chef).
Last month, we introduced you to the semifinalists for the 2009 James Beard Awards. This morning, the short list of final nominees was unveiled, and the winners of the awards — nicknamed the "Oscars of the food world" — will be revealed at an awards gala at Manhattan's Lincoln Center on May 4. In addition to the highly anticipated nominations for outstanding restaurateur, outstanding chef, and outstanding restaurant, among others, the foundation's other honors — in cookbooks, newspaper writing, restaurant design, and blogs — were also announced.
- David Chang is an approved "character" on the USA Network. — Serious Eats
- Tips for saving money when ordering wine. — Wall Street Journal
- One San Francisco chef expresses his right to enjoy foie gras. — Eat Me Daily
- Twelve delicious and affordable ways to prepare ground beef. — The Kitchn
- The cookbook nominees for the International Association of Culinary Professionals have been announced. — Al Dente
- Do eggs need to be refrigerated? — Chow
- Celebrate Purim by making sweet Danish hamentashen. — The Epi-Log
We're officially in the throes of awards show season — and that isn't limited to the entertainment industry. This morning, the James Beard Foundation announced the semifinalists for its 2009 awards. On March 23, the short list of complete nominees will be unveiled, and the honorable achievements — often referred to as the "Oscars of the food world" — will be presented at an awards gala on May 4 at Manhattan's Lincoln Center.
Semifinalist names were announced for the following categories: outstanding restaurateur, outstanding chef, outstanding restaurant, best new restaurant, rising star chef of the year, outstanding pastry chef, outstanding wine service, outstanding wine and spirits professional, outstanding service, and best chef for the following regions: Pacific, Mid-Atlantic, Midwest, Great Lakes, New York City, Northeast, Northwest, Southeast, Southwest, and South. This list doesn't include a good portion of the other James Beard Foundation's awards, including its cookbooks, newspaper articles, restaurant design, and blog awards, which are yet to be unveiled.
Although there are a number of celebrity chefs (Tom Colicchio, Dan Barber, José Andrés) as well as blockbuster restaurants on the list — Momofuku Ko, Scarpetta, and L20 — I also spotted a bunch of new names. Scan the 19-page list and tell me if any of your favorites have been included. Were any notable ones left off?
Christian Cota, who showed his third collection in New York last September, has been honored with the 2009 FGI Rising Star Award (Jason Wu was the winner in 2008). The 26 year old Mexican-borne designer studied as a painter in Paris before coming to New York to pursue fashion design. Cota has quickly become known for his clean, expressionistic aesthetic. He will show his Fall 2009 collection during New York Fashion Week in less than two weeks.
Last night Fashion Group International called out great names from the fashion, architecture, beauty, and entertainment world--these individuals were celebrated for their contributions to our culture and called, 'The Alchemists' for their abilities in their chosen field. Among those individuals celebrated were, Francisco Costa, Christopher Bailey, Carla Sozzani, Franca Sozzani, and Christian Louboutin for fashion, Bobbi Brown for beauty, Phillipe Stark for architecture, Natalie Massenet from Net-a-Porter for corporate leadership, Harvey Weinstein for entertainment, Bill Mccomb from Liz Claiborne Foundation for humanitarianism, Harold Koda from the Fashion Institute for the Oracle Award, and John Paul de Joria from Paul Mitchell for sustainability. Check out our gallery below for pictures from the event. (Plus, look how happy Karl and Anna are together).