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The film industry has the Oscars, the music industry has the Grammy Awards. If you're a chef or restaurateur, you want a James Beard Award medal around your neck.

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.

Tuesday morning, the nominees for Journalism, Broadcast, Books, Chefs and Restaurants were announced at Publican restaurant in Chicago, Illinois. We are thrilled to note that Jeremy Harlan and Tom Foreman of CNN and Sarah LeTrent of CNN's Eatocracy are finalists in the Broadcast category for Television Segment.

Catch up on two of their nominated videos, Targeting consumers' beef with veal and Veterans find a new way to serve – in the kitchen.

Chef and restaurant winners will be announced on Monday, May 5 at Lincoln Center's Avery Fisher Hall in New York City and Journalism, Books and Broadcast will be announced Friday, May 2 at Gotham Hall in New York City.

See all the chef and restaurant nominees below, and explore the gallery above for pictures and color from last year's awards.
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May 6th, 2013
06:00 PM ET
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The film industry has the Oscars, the music industry has the Grammy Awards. If you're a chef or restaurateur, you want a James Beard Award medal around your neck.

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.

Monday night, the winners were announced at the Awards Ceremony and Gala Reception hosted by actor Oliver Platt at Lincoln Center's Avery Fisher Hall in New York City.

See all the winners below, or explore the gallery above for pictures and color from the star-studded night.
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March 18th, 2013
05:15 PM ET
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They've got a lust for knife – celebrity chefs' kitchen crushes

Some days are better than others. Nominees for the James Beard Awards (a.k.a. the "Oscars of the food world") were announced today and we were delighted to find some of our work on it.

This collection of Eatocracy and CNN videos (along with host Tom Foreman and producers Jeremy Harlan, Kat Kinsman, Eric Marrapodi and Dan Lothian) is in the finals for the Television Segment award. Please enjoy.
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March 18th, 2013
02:00 PM ET
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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:
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2012 James Beard Awards: Chefs and restaurants winners
May 7th, 2012
05:45 PM ET
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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 announced Monday night at the Awards Ceremony and Gala Reception by James Beard Award–winning author and television personality Alton Brown.

See all the winners below, or explore our Twitter feed for pictures and color from the star-studded night.

AMERICA'S CLASSICS AWARDS (pictured above)
Locally owned restaurants "beloved in their regions for quality food that reflects the character of their community," according to the Foundation.
The Fry Bread House (Phoenix, Arizona)
Nora's Fish Creek Inn (Wilson, Wyoming)
St Elmo Steak House (Indianapolis, Indiana)
Jones Bar-B-Q Diner (Marianna, Arkansas)
Shady Glen (Manchester, Connecticut)
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2012 James Beard Awards: Chefs and restaurants finalists
March 19th, 2012
04:00 PM ET
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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.

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May 10th, 2011
05:20 PM ET
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"My dish is about changing the paradigm...Eating a veggie burger can be just as celebrated as a bacon cheeseburger.”

Unfortunately for Top Chef Masters contestant Suvir Saran, said burger, prepared for a meat-loving lass from the cast of The Biggest Loser, changed only his status in the competition. The judging panel sent Saran packing after a few harsh comments about his "mashed potato patty wedged into a slice of pita," but he made a graceful exit.

"I made a dish that was about living better rather than tasting close to what one craves," said the chef, himself a vegetarian.

Still there was a hint of nervous anticipation in the air last night, when Saran and fellow contestant Mary Sue Milliken - who won the main challenge in the most recently aired episode - encountered the show's most outspoken judge, Saveur's editor-in-chief James Oseland near the red carpet at the James Beard Awards Gala.

Watch what happened when the trio met up.



May 10th, 2011
02:30 PM ET
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Gail Simmons may be the busiest woman in the food world right now. Not only is she about to jet off to Los Angeles to film the next season of Top Chef Just Desserts - she's got a memoir in the works, sits on the board at City Harvest, and hosted last Friday's James Beard Broadcast, Books and Journalism Awards.

We chatted with Gail in the press room at last night's James Beard Restaurant Awards and asked her about her favorite food city and the issue that's sickening our nation.



The James Beard 2011 winners are...
May 9th, 2011
09:25 PM ET
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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.

Below are this year's winners in bold:
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