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 Live Blog: Stay tuned to 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

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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Interview with Mario Carbone and Rich Torrisi of Torrisi Italian Specialties

Torrisi Italian Specialties

After attracting a passionate fan base for its deliciously reconsidered Italian cuisine, Torrisi Italian Specialties is now in the running for tonight’s Best New Restaurant Award. Read on to see what owners Mario Carbone and Rich Torrisi had to say about their favorite cookbooks and Chinatown eats.

JBF: Where were you when you heard you were nominated for a James Beard Award?

MC + RT: At work.

JBF: You guys are known for pushing the boundaries of what Italian cuisine can be, but the pastries you serve are pretty traditional. Do you ever think about changing it up?

MC + RT: Up until recently the pastries were made by us, but now we’r... Read more >

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Awards Watch: Book Awards Recap

And finally, the Book Award winners, presented by Green & Black’s® Organic Chocolate: Cookbook Hall of Fame: On Food and Cooking: The Science & Lore of the Kitchen by Harold McGee American Cooking: Pig: King of the Southern Table by James Villas Baking and Dessert: Good to the Grain: Baking with Whole-Grain Flours by Kim Boyce Beverage: Secrets of the Sommeliers: How to Think and Drink Like the World’s Top Wine Professionals by Jordan Mackay and Rajat Parr Cooking from a Professional Point of View: Noma: Time and Place in Nordic Cuisine by René Redzepi General Cooking: The Essential New York Times Cook Book: Classic Recipes for a New Century by Amanda Hesser International: Stir-Frying to the Sky’s Edge: The Ultimate Guide to Mastery, with Authentic Recipes and Stories by Grace Young Healthy Focus: The Simple Art of EatingWell Cookbook by Jessie Price & the EatingWell Test Kitchen Photography: Noma: Time and Place in Nordic Cuisine Photogra

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JBF Kitchen Cam