On Monday night, food and drink professionals swapped out their toques for tuxes to honor and celebrate the talent of their peers at the James Beard Awards, regularly referred to as the "Oscars of the food world."
Celebrity chefs and past James Beard Award-winners Tom Colicchio, Ming Tsai and Traci Des Jardins announced the winners of the 2011 James Beard Foundation Chef and Restaurant Awards at New York City's Lincoln Center.
Since 1990, the not-for-profit organization named after "the father of American cuisine," has been honoring the outstanding names in the food and beverage industry.
There is no cash reward, but a win - or even a nomination - can substantially increase the buzz for business, according to foundation President Susan Ungaro.
OUTSTANDING PASTRY CHEF
OUTSTANDING WINE SERVICE
OUTSTANDING WINE AND SPIRITS PROFESSIONAL
RISING STAR CHEF OF THE YEAR
BEST CHEF: GREAT LAKES
BEST CHEF: MID-ATLANTIC
BEST CHEF: MIDWEST
BEST CHEF: NORTHEAST
BEST CHEF: NORTHWEST
BEST CHEF: PACIFIC
BEST CHEF: SOUTH
BEST CHEF: SOUTHEAST
BEST CHEF: SOUTHWEST
AMERICA'S CLASSICS AWARDS
WHO'S WHO OF FOOD & BEVERAGE IN AMERICA
HUMANITARIAN OF THE YEAR
Editor's note: Eatocracy Editor Kat Kinsman is the vice chair of the James Beard Journalism Committee, the group that oversees the journalism category's awards. An independent accounting firm oversees the process.