Winners!

Rising Star Chef of the Year Award: Gabriel Rucker, Le Pigeon, Portland, OR Outstanding Wine and Spirits Professional Award (Presented by Southern Wine & Spirits of New York): Julian P. Van Winkle, III, Old Rip Van Winkle Distillery, Louisville, KY Outstanding Wine Service Award: The Modern, NYC, Wine Director: Belinda Chang Best Chef: Great Lakes: Alex Young, Zingerman's Roadhouse, Ann Arbor, MI Best Chef: Mid-Atlantic: Michael Solomonov, Zahav, Philadelphia Best Chef: Midwest: Isaac Becker, 112 Eatery, Minneapolis Best Chef: New York City: Gabrielle Hamilton, Prune Next up, the Regional Best Chef Awards continue with Northeast, Pacific, Northwest, and more…

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Awards Watch: Paul Virant, where were you when…?

"I was taking the Metra train to the city and one of my new partners, Kevin Boehm of Boka Group, sent me a text message. I couldn't celebrate then because the day had just begun, but I did open a bottle of Sea Smoke with my wife, Jennifer, that night!" –Paul Virant of Vie, nominated for Best Chef: Great Lakes, on where he was when he found out he was nominated.

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America’s Classic: Chef Vola’s, Atlantic City, NJ

Customers make pilgrimages to eat at Chef Vola’s, a traditional Italian-American eatery in Atlantic City, and our first America’s Classic of the night.

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2011 JBF Awards Show Opener

  The 2011 Awards opening video, for those of you not watching our live stream at jamesbeard.org/awardslive.

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Awards Watch: Belinda Chang, where were you when…?

Belinda Chang, wine director at Wine Service Nominee The Modern, was in the presence of greatness when she found out her restaurant made the semifinals, and again when the news broke of their nomination: “I was in Alsace at the legendary, historic Trimbach winery in February when the semifinalists were announced. I was with Jean Trimbach and his niece and we were opening up older and older Rieslings. My phone started buzzing and buzzing. I thought someone must have died or something. Then, on the day of the nominees announcement I was at Gramercy Tavern with winemaker Brian Talley and a room full of 25 sommeliers and journalists. Again, my phone started buzzing. I jumped up and screamed, and somehow managed not to spill wine all over myself! Tonight, I think I need to have a really fantastic winemaker sitting next to me. They seem to be good luck!”

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The 2011 JBF Awards Live!

The 2011 JBF Awards are underway. Here are all of the ways you can follow our live coverage tonight: JBF Awards Live: Live stream, live blog, and live tweets, all in one place at jamesbeard.org/awardslive Live Blog: Stay tuned to jamesbeard.org/blog for all the live updates from our live bloggers with images, video, and more. Twitter: Follow @beardfoundation on Twitter—and don’t forget to include #jbfa in your own Awards-related tweets!

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2011 JBF Awards: Welcome!

James Beard Awards medallion Welcome to the live blog of the 2011 James Beard Foundation Awards. The culinary stars are arriving on the red carpet, tonight’s featured chefs are setting up for the reception, and our team of guest bloggers is gearing up for the festivities. We’d like to introduce tonight’s guest bloggers who’ll be reporting, eating, and rubbing elbows with all the fabulous food folk: Just like years past, the team at Savory Cities will be joining Jennifer Leuzzi of Snack on the red carpet. Jennifer, a veteran of the JBF Awards, will be checking in to share her unique perspective throughout the night and interviewing winners as they make their way through the press room. Immaculate

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Follow the JBF Awards Online!

JBF Awards Can’t make it to the JBF Awards? We have a number of ways for you to attend virtually! To follow tonight’s Book, Broadcast, and Journalism Awards, park yourself in front of @beardfoundation on Twitter starting at 7:00 P.M. You’ll find out the winners as they’re announced, and a few recaps will be posted here on Delights & Prejudices as well. On Monday night you can tune into our live-stream of the Awards at Lincoln Center by going to jamesbeard.org/awardslive starting at 6:00 P.M. We’re also going to be live-blogging right here on Delights & Prejudices, and have assembled an elite team of guest bloggers to help us out, including Chris Stang and Andrew Steinthal of Immaculate Infatuation; Fiona Tang and Amy Cao of Foodspotting; Megan Krigbaum, associate wine editor of Food & Wine; photographer Michael Harlan Turkell, photo editor of Edible Brooklyn/Manhattan

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Interview with Menton's Barbara Lynch

Barbara Lynch
Opening a luxe restaurant in a former industrial zone that’s experiencing a gradual rebirth sounds like a hazardous venture, but Boston chef and restaurateur Barbara Lynch beat the odds last year with her latest project, Menton. With chef Colin Lynch (no relation) manning the kitchen, the establishment earned a spot on many 2010 “Best New Restaurant” lists, and it’s up for another accolade at the JBF Awards on May 9. Read on for our interview with Barbara Lynch about Menton's risks and rewards.

JBF: Menton is named after a small French village that’s very close to the Italian border. How is that specific place expressed in the food?

BL: Many of my restaurants are influenced by my sense of nostalgia for places I've been to. Menton is one of them. It’s a beautiful place and very French, but it shares a border with Italy so you can't help but feel that Italian soul.

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