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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Foodspotting: Reporting for Duty

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Fiona from the Foodspotting arm of the JBF Awards live-blogging Team reporting in! Got my all-acccess pass pretty smoothly, and somehow already got myself lost. On my behind-the-scenes adventure, though, I captured a great shot from the stage. This shows you a great glimpse of what the Award winners will see during their crowning moment.

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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 Infatuat

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