Awards Watch: More Reception Chefs Q & A

On Tuesday we asked what the JBF Awards reception chefs hate to eat. Today we're learning what they would be if they weren't chefs: "A BMW motorcycle mechanic." –Jonathan Benno, Patina Group Restaurant at Lincoln Center, NYC "A mediocre musician." –Kevin Binkley, Binkley’s Restaurant, Cave Creek, AZ "If I weren’t a chef I would be a farmer. I was raised on a farm and I loved growing our own ingredients." –JBF Award Winner Jean François Bruel, Daniel, NYC "I would be a race car driver. (My dad owns and builds race cars.)" –Jennifer Carroll, 10 Arts by Eric Ripert, Philadelphia "Either a bicycle mechanic or a heavy metal guitar god." –Pastry Chef Bill Corbett, Coi, San Francisco "If I weren’t a chef, I would be a bicycle mechanic.

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Awards Watch: Readers' Choice, Best New Restaurant

James Beard Foundation Awards weekend is upon us! While we've been busy polishing the medallions and chilling the Champagne, you've been letting us know who you think deserves to win in the Food Blog and Website categories. Now that the polls have closed, we're excited to report that Hunter Angler Gardener Cook conquered the Food Blog vote, while Saveur.com was the victor in the Website contest. For our final readers' choice vote, we're picking a category that is sure

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Awards Watch: Reception Chefs Q & A

The 2010 JBF Awards are just days away, and we're so excited to see our reception chefs and taste what they have in store for us. In anticipation of the big shindig, we picked these cooks' brains about everything from where they first toiled in the restaurant industry to their lofty ambitions. Perhaps the most amusing discovery was that chefs—whom many of us expect to possess an indiscriminate love for all things food—can still be picky eaters. Look below to see some of their aversions: "Canned tuna.  No matter how “good” any brand is, it is always terrible." –Christopher DiMinno, Clyde Common, Portland, OR "Greasy food." –Noriyuki Sugie, IRONNORI, Venice, CA "Balut

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Awards Watch: Readers' Choice, Website

Citizens of the blogging community sure are opinionated! The response to our readers' choice poll on who deserves the medal for best food blog has been so huge that we've decided to keep the voting open a little while longer. At this moment, Hunter Angler Gardener Cook holds the lead with about 52 percent of the votes (and many cheering fans in the comments section), but Serious Eats still poses a threat in a not-too-far second place. We're also launching a new poll: best food-related website. Check out the nominees, then cast your vote below. Chow.com (Jane Goldman) Epicurious.com (Tanya W. Steel

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Awards Watch: Readers' Choice, Food Blog

We asked and you voted: in our poll on who should win the medal for "Magazine Feature Writing about Restaurants and/or Chefs" at the James Beard Foundation Awards, "The Last Chinese BBQ" by Francis Lam emerged victorious. Congrats, Mr. Lam! Up next is the "Food Blog" category. Click on the links below to size up the candidates, then cast your vote at the end of the post. Grub Street New York (Aileen Gallagher, Daniel Maurer, and Alexandra Vallis) Serious Eats (Ed Levine) Hunter Angler Gardener Cook (Hank Shaw) [

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Awards Watch: Readers' Choice

When the winners of our Media Awards are announced on May 2, it will reflect the backroom deliberations of our panel of judges, a seasoned but select group of media veterans. With all due respect to those bigwigs, we’re curious about who you think deserves to get the glory. So here at Delights & Prejudices we’re creating our own little version of the People’s Choice Awards, in which our readers, the Main Street consumers of food and food news, will vote for their favorite food media among our Awards nominees. We’ll provide links to the content and set up a state-of-the-art poll; all you have to do is read and vote. Our first category is “Magazine Feature Writing about Restaurants and/or Chefs.” Here are the three contenders, all outstanding in their own right:

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Awards Watch: Nominees Revealed!

In case you weren't following us on Twitter this morning, here are the JBF Awards nominees—including chefs, restaurants, cookbooks, and journalism—all in a plain old-fashioned PDF. We're only six weeks out from the big event (see more details about the ceremony and reception here), so you've got plenty of time to make your predictions and place some bets. (Hopefully you'll fare a tad better than you have in March Madness.)

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Awards Watch: Awards Nominee Announcement on Monday

Make sure that your computer screen is tuned into our Twitter feed, @beardfoundation, on Monday morning: we'll be live-tweeting the Awards nominations from the Palace Café, the acclaimed New Orleans institution from chef Dickie Brennan. Kick-off time is 10:00 A.M. EST.

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Awards Watch: 2010 James Beard Foundation Lifetime Achievement Award Announced

Beard medallion Ariane and Michael Batterberry, who founded Food & Wine and Food Arts magazines, will receive the 2010 James Beard Foundation Lifetime Achievement Award. You can read more about the Batterberrys and the Award by clicking here.

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Awards Watch: Awards Theme and Hosts Announced

Beard medallion Italian maven Lidia Bastianich, fusion pioneer Wolfgang Puck, and kitchen science cognoscente Alton Brown will share the podium at this year's James Beard Foundation Awards, which will go down on Monday, May 3, at Lincoln Center. The theme of this year's ceremony is "The Legacy Continues," a nod to the lasting impact that James Beard and his successors have had on American cuisine. We're asking every chef who has won our Outstanding Chef award (Daniel Boulud, Thomas Keller, Grant Achatz, and others) to shine a spotlight on chefs whom they believe are extraordinary examples of excellence in our culinary world. The 2010 Awards Gala Reception will feature dishes from these established and emerging talents from around the country. (Some of our Outstanding Chef winners will be handing out this year's medals, so expect to see some of the big names in the house, too). We've also tapped Kelly Choi, host of Eat Out NY and Top Chef

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