The 85th 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 2013 James Beard Foundation Awards were live-tweeted (@BeardFoundation) and streamed from Lowndes Grove Plantation in Charleston, South Carolina. The winners will be announced May 6 at the Awards Ceremony and Gala Reception hosted by actor Stanley Tucci at Lincoln Center's Avery Fisher Hall in New York City.
Here are the finalists:
AMERICA'S CLASSICS AWARDS
HUMANITARIAN OF THE YEAR
BEST NEW RESTAURANT
OUTSTANDING BAR PROGRAM
OUTSTANDING PASTRY CHEF
OUTSTANDING WINE PROGRAM
OUTSTANDING WINE & SPIRITS OR BEER 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: SOUTH
BEST CHEF: SOUTHEAST
BEST CHEF: SOUTHWEST
BEST CHEF: WEST
WHO'S WHO OF FOOD & BEVERAGE IN AMERICA INDUCTEES
And as it happens, our Jeremy Harlan, Tom Foreman, Dan Lothian, Eric Marrapodi and Kat Kinsman are finalists in the James Beard Broadcast Awards for Best Television Segment. See their nominated videos.
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. These awards are entirely separate from the broadcast awards. An independent accounting firm oversees the process.
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