Beard Awards Recap: Star Chefs, Spoilers, and a Slammin' Terrine


Recapping last night's live report from the 2009 James Beard Foundation Awards, Jean Georges won the prize for Outstanding Restaurant, Dan Barber won for Outstanding Chef, Nate Appleman (of San Francisco's A16) won the Rising Star Chef award, and Momofuku Ko won for Best New Restaurant. (Chef/Owners: David Chang and Peter Serpico, New York, NY)

Jennifer McLagen's Fat: An Appreciation of a Misunderstood Ingredient, with Recipes, won awards for both Single Subject Cookbook and Cookbook of the Year. The James Beard Foundation has a complete listing of all of the winners.

Some highlights from the evening:

SPOILER ALERT This had to be the oddest thing. In a strange twist, at 9:00 p.m., the New York Times revealed the winners of some of the most important awards of the evening -- outstanding chef, best new restaurant, and others -- notwithstanding the fact that the awards had yet to be given at the ceremony.

How could this happen exactly?

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Live from the James Beard Awards


We had some technical difficulties, but here we are. Follow along here or via Twitter [update: here's a transcript of all of the evening's tweets]:

And now it's time to go and catch a train home. Look to @eaterny and @grubstreet for after party reports into the wee hours
@joeyonan fair enough. Not faulting times necessarily, but in age of the Internet, calls into question whole idea of embargoes. Thoughts?
Off to food tastings shortly . . . looking forward to Jar, Spotted Pig, audrey Sanders, annita lo, michelle bernstein.
It's Dan Barber. Congrats.
This is it. Outstanding Chef award, presented by Grant Achatz. The winner will rhyme with Lamb Sarbar
Jean Georges is the winner.
outstanding restaurant up now:
@ldshap00 Their Twitter, natch.
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2009 James Beard Foundation Journalism and Media Award Winners

Last night, at a ceremony at the Millennium Broadway Hotel in New York City, the James Beard Foundation presented its 2009 awards for journalism and media.

James_beard Among the more notable winners: The Washington Post won for best newspaper food section; New York magazine's Adam Platt took the prize for restaurant criticism; won for best food website; the MFK Fisher Distinguished Writing Award went to Aleksandra Crapanzano for her article "Benedictions" in Gourmet;and Lidia Bastianich's "Lidia’s Italy: Sweet Napoli" won for best television food show.

The first-ever award for best food blog went to Sunset magazine's One-Block Diet.

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