Louise McCready: Mario Batali's picks for Outstanding Chef

"I couldn't bet on it. Actually, last week, I was at the Kentucky Derby, and you know how I won my money? I put $2 on every horse in the 11th race, and I won $140." --Mario Batali

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Snack: Checking in with the volunteers

Student volunteer Matt decided to get in the game. He came on duty at 8:30 tonight. He knows the awards are prestigious and is looking forward to working with chef Zuckerman of Chanterelle. The hardest part of the night was finding the coat room to drop off his stuff. photo-1

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Adam Sachs: Brief conversations with anonymous food folks II

Q: Which female food person are you most excited to see here? A: I saw David Chang and... Q: You know... A: I know, I know. I'm more interested in the guys. Hmmmm...I heard Padma Lakshmi is ridiculously tall.

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Jody Williams: Guess where?

The Greenwich Village pack (a group chefs including myself) admits that we keep 105 Christopher Street local locale a secret---the best Tuscan in town is a women owner chef with 8 tables.

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Louise McCready: Mary Sue Milliken breaks it down

"There once was a day when seeing a woman in the kitchen was as unusual as an African-American in the kitchen." --Mary Sue Milliken Editors' Note: The above quotation contains an error. Mary Sue Milliken actually stated, "There once was a day when seeing a woman in the kitchen was as unusual as an African-American in the White House."

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Louise McCready: The great Julia

They just showed a clip of the new movie, Julie & Julia. Perhaps Julia WAS the first female chef...a clip of her practicing how to chop onions to impress the all-male classmates she was up against at the Cordon Bleu. I'm not too sure I would choose onions to practice on, but then again, that indomitable woman might not have been bothered by silly little onion tears.

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Adam Sachs: Mike Lata, Best Chef: Southeast

Mike Lata seems very calm. "I took a beta blocker. My doctor gave me one just for stage fright. You can print that. I've been nominated three times, this is my first win. It's nice to lose to great people but it's great to win. I feel very good now."

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Adam Sachs: Barry Wine on women

Barry Wine is generally pleased about the whole women in food stuff. With some exceptions. "You know I make jewelry. Well Padma Lakshmi is making jewelry now too. Her line just launched at Bergdorf's, today, I think. Well I've got a message for her," he says showing off his golden baubles. "Mine are bigger. " Rings by Barry

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Food Matters: Julie & Julia on the Silver Screen

Co-host Stanley Tucci and writer/director Nora Ephron introduced a clip from the soon-to-be-released Sony feature Julie & Julia, based on the book by JBF Award winner Julie Powell, who was a guest blogger for us at last year's awards.

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