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Eater Live: Live-Blogging the James Beard Award Nominations

Today the finalists for the James Beard Awards, the highest honor for food and beverage professionals working in North America, are being announced in Portland, Oregon — the semifinalists were announced back in February — and Team Eater PDX is on the scene at the Oregon Culinary Institute for your live-blogging pleasure. And away we go!


11:25am Crowd of who's who in culinary Portland mingling at the OCI pre-noms. Spotted: Past nominees Cathy Whims, Vitaly Paley, and 2010 Eater Award winner Matt Lightner.

11:27am Someone just handed me a glass of champagne.

11:31am James Beard Foundation president Susan Ungaro takes the podium.

11:34am OCI president announces that today's luncheon, prepared by culinary institute students, featuring the winning dishes of an Iron Chef-like "smackdown." Black truffle and parm souffle coming up.

11:38am Ungaro announces brand-new Beard sponsor: Groupon. Really?

11:40am Nominations time! VP Mitchell Davis takes the podium.

11:41am Journalism award nominees: Food section, general interest: GQ, SF Chronicle, Washington Post. Food-related Feature: Jonathan Gold (LA Weekly), Dan Koeppel (Saveur), Corby Kummer ( Food-related Columns/Commentary: Tim Carman (Washington City Paper), Tom Philpott (, Lettie Teague (WSJ)

11:43am ... Personal Essay: Rick Bragg (Gourmet Live), Daniel Duane (Food & Wine), Tom Junod (Esquire), Health and Nutrition: Joe Fassler (, Rachael Moeller Gorman (EatingWell), Peter Jaret (Runner’s World)

11:44am Profile: Barry Estabrook (NYT Mag), Brian Halweil (Edible Manhattan), Benjamin Wallace (New York). Wine and Spirits: Jon Bonné (Saveur), Jon Fine (Food & Wine), Alan Richman (GQ). Multimedia Food Feature: Michael Gebert/Julia Thiel (The Chicago Reader), Katherine Shilcutt (Houston Press), Andrew Zimmern (

11:45am Okay @RuthBourdain was just nominated in the humor category. Awesome.

11:46am Group Food Blog: City of Ate, The Epi-Log, Grub Street New York

11:47am Individual Food Blog: Politics of the Plate, Poor Man’s Feast, Red Cook.

11:49am Broadcast nominations up. Top Chef (season 7), Ace of Cakes, Avec Eric, Bizarre Foods with Andrew Zimmern. TV food personality: Alton Brown, Bobby Flay, Duff Goldman (Ace of Cakes). Television Segment: 60 Min: “Chef José Andrés,” CBS News Sunday Morning: Martha Teichner, CBS News Sunday Morning: “Worth a Shot." Television Special/Documentary: Emeril Green: Emeril’s Culinary Adventure: Vermont, Milk War, The Four Coursemen.

11:51am Ozersky gets a nom! For Video Webcast. Other noms: Video Webcast: Food. Curated., Ozersky.TV, GrapeRadio. Audio Webcast/Radio: CBC Ideas: “Pasta: The Long & Short of It,” The Canadian Table, Anthony Bourdain/Eric Ripert: Turn & Burn

11:53am Cookbook noms up: The Frankies Spuntino Manual, Kim Boyce, and the NOMA cookbook all get nods.

11:55am Cookbooks, by category: International: Cook Italy, Oaxaca al Gusto, Stir-Frying to the Sky’s Edge. Baking and Dessert: Good to the Grain, My Sweet Mexico, Sarabeth’s Bakery. American Cooking: The Food, Folklore, & Art of Lowcountry Cooking, The Frankies Spuntino Manual, Pig.

11:58am OMG more cookbooks. Cooking Prof Point of View: Michael Chiarello’s Bottega, The Modern Café, Noma. Healthy Focus: Clean Start, The Simple Art of EatingWell Cookbook, The Very Best Recipes for Health.

11:59am Eater afterparty gets a shoutout from the podium!

11:59am Outstanding restaurant design: Bar Agricole, SF; Quickfire Pizza, LA; Toast, CA.

12:00pm Outstanding restaurant graphics: L'Artusi, NYC; National Bar and Dining Rooms, NYC; The Publican, Chicago.

12:02pm Wine and spirits noms! I need one of each right now. So. Many. Names. Outstanding Wine & Spirits Professional: Sam Calagione, Merry Edwards, Paul Grieco, Rajat Parr, Julian P. Van Winkle, III. Outstanding Wine Service: A16, Blackberry Farm, Frasca Food and Wine, Picasso at Bellagio, The Modern.

12:04pm Who’s Who Inductees: Jonathan Gold, Farmer Lee Jones, Charles Phan, Frank Stitt, Nick Valenti.

12:06pm BEST CHEF NW: Andy Ricker, Ethan Stowell, Cathy Whims, Matt Dillon, Chris Israel. HUGE round of applause for Whims, in the house.

12:07pm BEST CHEF PACIFIC: Michael Cimarusti, Christopher Kostow, Daniel Patterson, Richard Reddington, Michael Tusk

12:08pm BEST CHEF SW: Bruce Auden, Bryan Caswell, Saipin Chutima, Tyson Cole, Ryan Hardy. BEST CHEF SOUTH: Zach Bell, John Harris, Christopher Hastings, Tory McPhail, Stephen Stryjewski

12:10pm BEST CHEF SOUTHEAST: Hugh Acheson, Craig Deihl, John Fleer, Linton Hopkins, Edward Lee, Andrea Reusing

12:08pm BEST CHEF NYC: Michael Anthony, April Bloomfield, Wylie Dufresne, Gabrielle Hamilton, Michael White

12:10pm BEST CHEF NE: Tim Cushman, Krista Kern Desjarlais, Gerry Hayden, Matt Jennings, Tony Maws, Eric Warnstedt, BEST CHEF MID-ATLANTIC Cathal Armstrong, Johnny Monis, Peter Pastan, Maricel Presilla, Michael Solomonov

12:12pm RISING STAR: Aaron London, Thomas McNaughton, Gabriel Rucker, Christina Tosi, Sue Zemanick.

12:13pm Outstanding Pastry Chef: Joanne Chang, Patrick Fahy, Dahlia Narvaez, Angela Pinkerto, Mindy Segal

12:14pm OUTSTANDING RESTAURANT: Blue Hill, NYC; Boulevard, SF; Eleven Madison Park, NYC; Highlands Bar & Grill, Alabama; Vetri, Philly.

12:14pm Best New Restaurant: ABC Kitchen, Benu, Girl & the Goat, Menton, Torrisi Italian Specialties

12:14pm OUTSTANDING CHEF: Jose Andres, Gary Denko, Suzanne Goin, Paul Kahan, Charles Phan

12:16pm Ceremony officially over. That was officially the most stressful thing I've ever done. Playing catch-up. More noms TK...

12:17pm Outstanding Service: Canlis, Emeril’s, La Grenouille, Per Se, Topolobampo

12:18pm Outstanding Restaurateur: Bruce Bromberg and Eric Bromberg, Tom Douglas, Pat Kuleto, Richard Melman, Phil Suarez

12:20pm Toasts all around.

12:22pm Playing catch-up: BEST CHEF MIDWEST: Justin Aprahamian, Isaac Becker, Colby Garrelts, Tory Miller, Lenny Russo. BEST CHEF GREAT LAKES: Michael Carlson, Curtis Duffy, Bruce Sherman, Paul Virant, Alex Young

12:24pm All right, folks, someone just placed a plate of food in front of me. Time for lunch. Thanks for playing!

— Erin DeJesus

Here's the final list of nominees:

· 2011 Cookbook, Media, and Journalism Awards Finalists [-E-]
· 2011 Chef and Restaurant Awards Finalists [-E-]

· All James Beard Awards Coverage on Eater [-E-]