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It’s pretty clear the James Beard Foundation would like its annual awards gala to be considered on par with the Oscars, the Emmys, and the Grammys, and much of the media world reported on the Beard ceremonies as such.
Take a look for yourself:
- Daily Blender has red carpet photos. How many of these faces do you recognize on first look?
- HuffPo has put together a winners slide show with a lot of food-porn pictures to substitute for those chefs who are so famous they don’t have readily available head shots.
- Grub Street New York covered the after parties and found Daniel Boulud dancing on the tables.
- The Chicago Tribune covered the ceremonies live on the ground, with its own Beard winner, Kevin Pang. The old-school media even used video!
- Eat Me Daily has more candid photos of the event and pokes fun at the ceremony’s Star Wars theme.
- Eater.com live-blogged the event, with lots of photos, but the love-it-or-hate-it blog didn’t dare ask for an interview with Outstanding Chef winner Tom Colicchio.
- The Village Voice couldn’t help but notice how white men and product placements dominated the gala.
- Through gritted teeth, the Los Angeles Times noted how New York City copped most of the major awards. Not that the City of Angels has feelings about this East Coast/West Coast divide.
- Finally, the “person” who had the most fun at the Beard gala had to be Ruth Bourdain, a fictional Twitter mash-up of Ruth Reichl and Anthony Bourdain. Best line among her/his/its Beard tweets: “ must be starving because Mario batali’s shaven jiggling neck fat is making my mouth water”