Eater NY gets the scoop that the hosts of this year's James Beard Awards will be California-cuisine king Wolfgang Puck, Italian food matriarch Lidia Bastianich, and grape juice aficionado Alton Brown. While Brown is clearly the weakest link here, at least all three are famous for cooking. As you may recall, last year Stanley Tucci was picked to host alongside Cat Cora and Emeril, and the year before that, Kim Cattrall was inexplicably picked to share the duties with Bobby Flay.
For the media awards the night before, everyone's favorite Twitter-poet, Kelly Choi, will be the master of ceremonies (maybe she'll live tweet the event?). The Beards commence on May 3 in New York City, we'll get the final list of nominees later this month -- until then feel free to gaze at the long, long list of semifinalists released a few weeks ago.