Eater's continuous James Beard Award coverage from Avery Fisher Hall at Lincoln Center in New York City starts now! The Beard Awards are the highest honor for food and beverage professionals working in North America.
5:50 Nothing's happened yet and people are already talking about what to do when the awards are over. Rumor has it Per Se is hosting an invite only after party.
6:05 There are 3D glasses again. Awesome.
6:15 The festivities begin with a film food montage. James Beard Foundation President Susan Ungaro comes out on stage wearing 3-D glasses. The livestream is a go.
6:25 Host Oliver Platt takes the stage.
6:35 WINNER Rising Star Chef Award: Danny Bowien, Mission Chinese Food, SF and NYC
6:38 Crucial Greg Grossman Update: Kid chef is graduating high school, going to NYU Gallatin next year. Also, apparently he's working with a Paleo diet meal company that delivers to gyms.
6:42 WINNER Outstanding Wine, Spirits, or Beer Professional: Merry Edwards, Merry Edwards Winery, Sebastopol, CA. A six-time nominee, she no longer feels like Susan Lucci.
6:46 This year is all about food and film. Of course the Varsity Blues whipped cream scene makes it into the montage.
6:48 WINNER Outstanding Wine Program: Frasca Food and Wine, Boulder, CO
6:51 WINNER Outstanding Bar Program: The Aviary, Chicago. Grant Achatz thinks Ryan Gosling should play him if they make a movie of his life.
6:55 WINNER Best Chef Mid-Atlantic: Johnny Monis, Komi, Washington, D.C.
6:53 Did the livestream just flash "Best Chef NYC Wylie Dufresne"??
6:59 WINNER Best Chef NYC: Wylie Dufresne, WD~50, New York City. Yes, the James Beard Foundation did flash that win early.
7:01 WINNER Best Chef Northeast: Melissa Kelly, Primo, Rockland, ME
7:03 Humanitarian of the Year Award: Emeril Lagasse Emeril is this year's Humanitarian of the Year. Check out Eater NOLA's interview with Emeril to learn more about the chef's philanthropic efforts.
7:11 WINNER Best Chef Northwest: Gabriel Rucker, Le Pigeon, Portland. Rucker says he didn't bring a tux because he didn't think he'd win.
7:11 Hugh Acheson tweets what everyone is thinking:
Anne Burrellicious.— hugh acheson (@HughAcheson) May 6, 2013
7:17 Prince's Chicken Shack in Nashville gets second 2013 America's Classic of the night, joining Keens Steakhouse in NYC.
7:19 Not even a real life actor like Oliver Platt can pronounce M. Night Shyamalan's name correctly.
7:23 WINNER Best Chef South: Tory McPhail, Commander's Palace, New Orleans
7:26 WINNER Best Chef West: Christopher Kostow, The Restaurant at Meadowood, St. Helena, CA
7:30 Lifetime Achievement Award: Cecilia Chiang, Chef and Restaurateur, San Francisco. She makes 94 seem not that old. Her message: "You need to care about people."
7:41 Did the livestream just show a graphic for Best Chef: Great Lakes to Stephanie Izard?? They need to get a handle on this.
7:43 WINNER Best Chef: Great Lakes: Stephanie Izard, Girl & the Goat, Chicago
7:46 WINNER Best Chef: Mid-West: Colby Garrelts, Bluestem, Kansas City, MO
7:48 The next America's Classic is Kramarczuk's in Minneapolis. "You need to have a passion for your food ... Most importantly, you have to have passion for your employees."
7:57 WINNER Best Chef Southeast: Joseph Lenn, The Barn at Blackberry Farm, Walland, TN
8:00 WINNER Best Chef Southwest: Jennifer Jasinski, Rioja, Denver, CO. She says: "It's an everyday struggle to stay relevant."
8:03 Flashback to Friday night's Book, Broadcast & Journalism awards. Here's the list of winners.
8:05 The fourth America's Classic is Frank Fat's in Sacramento, CA.
8:06 The following conversation was overheard in the press room as one member of the press was taking a photo of another:
"Any chance you can put your feet on him?"
"Yes! Wait, without flashing anyone? Maybe."
8:09 Oliver Platt just told the audience to "Strap on your drool bibs."
8:10 WINNER Restaurant Design and Graphics: 75 Seats and Under: Isa, Taavo Somer, Brooklyn, NY.
Juvia [Photo: Eater / Michael Stavaridis]
8:12 WINNER Restaurant Design and Graphics: 76 Seats and Over: Juvia, Alejandro Barrios Carrero Designs, Miami Beach. Says the designer, "I don't think any Venezuelan has won an award before."
8:21 The fifth and final America's Classic is C.F. Folks in Washington, DC.
8:30 WINNER Outstanding Pastry Chef: Brooks Headley, Del Posto, NYC
8:32 WINNER Best New Restaurant: State Bird Provisions, San Francisco, CA.
8:34 Oliver talks about a sweepstakes, audience members get up and go to the bar.
8:34 April Bloomfield might not have won a JBFA, but she won a vacation?
8:36 Who's Who Inductees: Chef/Restaurateur Zarela Martinez, Chef/Restaurateur Michael Mina, Author/Pastry Chef Bill Yosses, Author/Journalist Eric Asimov, Editor Dorothy Kalins, and Chef/Restaurateur Barbara Lynch
8:42 WINNER Outstanding Restaurateur: Maguy Le Coze, Le Bernardin, NYC. Tom Douglas wants you to know that he ate there for lunch today. Le Coze is the first woman to win this award.
8:48 Yes, Ratatouille.
8:50 WINNER Outstanding Service: Del Posto, NYC
8:52 Martha Stewart takes a break from online dating to present a James Beard Award.
8:53 WINNER Outstanding Restaurant: Blue Hill, NYC. Dan Barber says: "I feel like the luckiest chef in America today."
9:00 Final award of the evening...
9:01 WINNER Outstanding Chef: Paul Kahan (Blackbird, Chicago) and David Chang (Momofuku Noodle Bar, NYC). This is the third time the category is tied. Chang says Kahan is a hero and an idol. Kahan dedicates his win to the chef de cuisines of his restaurants.
9:10 And that's the show. Expect a very hungover restaurant industry tomorrow.