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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Imaculate Infatuation: Chang sighting

D. Chang, not one for doing much press, gets corralled for an interview momentarily before making a b-line off the green carpet.

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Megan & MHT

Pigs Not a joke. Mortimer in a tux and Mauve in a fancy navy ball gown were just ushered down the green carpet by Raj of Whistlepig Rye Whiskey in Vermont. Tough luck for the hogs: while the chefs were inside preparing appetizers for the nominees, the pigs were dining on brown apple slices in front of Avery Fisher Hall.

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Immaculate Infatuation: Michael White on the red carpet

              Michael White dropping pasta knowledge. Big man looks good in a suit.

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Immaculate Infatuation: Red Carpet

The crew from Canlis in Seattle looking smart on the carpet.

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Immaculate Infatuation: A Chef and his Mentor

Grant Achatz and Thomas Keller Thomas Keller is looking quite badass this evening.  

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Foodspotting: Celebspotting Edition

Marcus Samuelsson , Andy Cohen, and Maya Haile

Just spotted our friend Marcus Samuelsson looking dapper with his wife Maya Haile and Bravo's Andy Cohen. Also making their way to the stage was Chef Bobby Flay and JBF Awards host Ming Tsai. Culinary celebs abound and the bells just begin to ring. It's show time. --Amy Cao  

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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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Immaculate Infatuation: On the Green Carpet

Green carpet Not sure who this guy in the hat is (anyone?), but so far he wins Best Dressed on this green carpet. Gail, lookin good, as always. Editors' note: We've identified that gentleman as JBF Award winner Thierry Rautureau, chef of Rover's and Luc in Seattle.

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Immaculate Infatuation: Early Observations

First observation on the record: Bobby  Flay always has his mouth open.

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