Lifetime Achievement Award: Kevin Zraly

This year’s Lifetime Achievement Award goes to Kevin Zraly, the country’s foremost authority on wine. But Zraly says he’s not slowing down, “Just because this is a lifetime achievement award doesn’t mean I’m done working!”

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Megan & MHT: Rachel Yang's Ultra-Fermented Dish

Rachel Yang, chef at Seattle's Joule created an ultra-fermented dish for tonight's gala, Korean bean paste-cured and cold-smoked walu (another name for Escolar) with fennel kimchi."My mom didn't teach me to make kimchi," Yang jokes, "but I did learn from my grandmother and some other people. You can make kimchi out of anything, cabbage, fennel and apple, shiitakes." She starts her kimchi with ginger, pear, garlic, onion, and fish sauce. The pears serve a dual purpose: their sweetness balances

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Even More Winners!

Outstanding Restaurant Design: Darling Design, Bar Agricole, San Francisco Outstanding Restaurant Graphics: Love and War, The National Bar & Dining Rooms, NYC Outstanding Service Award (Presented By Stella Artois): Per Se, NYC, Chef/Owner: Thomas Keller Outstanding Pastry Chef Award: Angela Pinkerton, Eleven Madison Park, NYC The final awards of the night are up next, including the coveted Outstanding Chef award, so stay tuned!

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Immaculate Infatuation: Next Year, Canlis

Oh well, we were really pulling for our Seattle friends at Canlis for the Outstanding Service Award. Tough competition, though.

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Immaculate Infatuation: Some Decent Music After All

Arcade Fire as background music of this National Food Conference video recap. Could be worse. Oh wow, Foster The People, too? Well done, JBFA.

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Immaculate Infatuation Approves

Love the National getting some recognition, even if it's just for the design. The pork chop ain't bad either.

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Immaculate Infatuation: New Gig?

We need to DJ this event next year. Did they just play Men at Work?

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Foodspotting: It's a Thai!

A tie between Saipin Chutima of Lotus of Siam (Las Vegas) and Tyson Cole of Uchi (Austin) for "Best Chef: Southwest", that is. We asked the chefs what foods they'll be celebrating with. Smiley Saipin spoke through her translator and said she doesn't know because she's so excited, beaming the entire time. Chef Cole said he was craving chocolate. So, does he like dessert? "Only if it's chocolate," he said seriously. Only champagne in the Mercedes-Benz Victory Lane room, unfortunately... - Amy * Chaiyo is an expression of gladness in Thai. We just learned that. You're welcome.

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Awards Watch: Angela Pinkerton, where were you when…?

“I was actually in the midst of a busy lunch service when our GM/executive chef’s assistant Amy Livingston had someone on the staff come tell me that she needed to see me right away. I came into the office, which was filled with some of the sous-chefs and dining room managers and they began clapping. She told me I was nominated! I guarantee my face was red from blushing! Later that night I did get a chance to celebrate with one of my very close friends, a bottle of Champagne, and dance floor! –Angela Pinkerton of Eleven Madison Park, nominated for Outstanding Pastry Chef

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Foodspotting: Tattoo Stories

Gabrielle Hamilton, Prune, winner of the Best Chef of NYC, when asked about her tattoos, shared a couple intimate stories with us. These are the names of her two boys, Marco and Leone, and another on her left bicep of Temple Bar years ago, thinking the bar won't be around anymore. But! It still is :) ~Fiona

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