The 84th Academy Awards may have come and gone, but the James Beard Awards, better known as the "Oscars of the Food World," are just getting started.
Since 1990, the not-for-profit James Beard Foundation 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.
The nominations for the 2012 James Beard Foundation Awards were live-tweeted (@BeardFoundation) and live-streamed on restaurant, bar, and nightlife blog Eater.com Monday morning from The Azure Pool at The Venetian and The Palazzo in Las Vegas. The winners will be announced on May 7 at the Awards Ceremony and Gala Reception by James Beard Award–winning author and television personality Alton Brown.
OUTSTANDING PASTRY CHEF
OUTSTANDING WINE PROGRAM
OUTSTANDING WINE & 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 INDUCTEES
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.
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