Awards Watch: And Last But Not Least...

Best New Restaurant: Marea, NYC, Chef/Partner: Michael White, Partner: Chris Cannon Outstanding Restaurateur: Keith McNally (Balthazar, Lucky Strike, Minetta Tavern, Morandi, Pastis, Pravda, and Schiller’s Liquor Bar, NYC) Outstanding Restaurant Award: Daniel, NYC, Chef/Owner: Daniel Boulud, Owner: Joel Smilow Outstanding Chef: Tom Colicchio, Craft, NYC

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On the Red Carpet: Espresso or French Press?

Jennifer Leuzzi asks the parade of food celebrities which is their preferred coffee: espresso or French press?

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Shut Up, Foodies: Press Room Tension is Rising

WHEN DO WE GET THE FOOD? -Snacktime

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Marcia "The Tablehopper" Gagliardi: Who is More Excited, Me or Nicole?

Huge congrats to Nicole Plue of Redd for winning the Outstanding Pastry Chef award. She turned me on to the wonders of New York eggs-on-a-roll (which is what she plans on having for her hangover breakfast tomorrow morning). When I asked about her culinary rock stars, she noted, “When I moved to New York to open Eleven Madison Park, Claudia Fleming was the badass in town—she was smart, her desserts were really clean and full of great execution and all about integrity of flavor. And Pichet Ong and Sherry Yard have always been good friends and very supportive.” I asked if she was to celebrate with a single dessert tonight, what would it be? “A chocolate chip cookie, right out of the oven.” Cheers, darling.

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Marcia "The Tablehopper" Gagliardi: Jean-Georges, Pure Class

He walks into the room, and just watch the ladies swoon.

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JBF Awards 2010 Lifetime Achievement Award: Ariane and Michael Batterberry

Legendary leaders in their field, Ariane and Michael Batterberry have founded two milestone national food magazines: Food Arts, the influential, award-winning publication for the restaurant and hotel trades that has won a number of the coveted Folio Gold Eddie B2B awards, and Food & Wine, a leading consumer publication. Pioneers in electronic food publishing as well, they created the top rated computerized magazine Dining In for Time Inc. in the early 1980s. Singly or together, they are the authors of 18 books on food, art, and social history

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Snack: Cedric Vongerichten

The real legacy.

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Awards Watch: More Winners

Outstanding Restaurant Design: The Wright, NYC, Andre Kikoski Architect Outstanding Restaurant Graphics: Pandiscio Co. for The Standard Grill, NYC Outstanding Service: Alinea, Chicago, Chef/Owner: Grant Achatz Outstanding Pastry Chef: Nicole Plue, Redd, Yountville, CA Lifetime Achievement Award: Ariane and Michael Batterberry 2010 Who’s Who of Food & Beverage in America Inductees: Leah Chase, Jessica B. Harris, Paul C. P. McIlhenny, David Rockwell, L. Timothy Ryan, Susan Spicer And the final America’s Classics Award of the night goes to: Gustavus Inn, Gustavus, AK
 Up next: Best New Restaurant, Outstanding Restaurateur, Outstanding Restaurant, and Outstanding Chef

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Snack: And the Winner Is...

Jonathan Benno, winner for best sandwich.

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Marcia “The Tablehopper” Gagliardi: Is Anyone Working in This Press Room?

It’s definitely becoming more of a party room. Getting harder and harder to interview people. Let alone get a drink, hello. But I am not drinking. I am working! The only thing next to my computer right now is some Aqua Panna water. Really.

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