Last night, dozens of shiny new James Beard Awards were handed out to top notch restaurant industry professionals in a gala and ceremony held at the Lyric Opera House in Chicago. Catch up on all of the action — including the jokes and tears — in our liveblog of the event, and see the full list of 2016 winners here.
In other news; more McDonald's all-day breakfast; why the wine industry hates Donald Trump; a bourbon barrel to remember; debunking common Michelin myths; and more.
— McDonald's launch of all-day breakfast was a successful play in the U.S., so the burger brand is bringing all-day Egg McMuffins to New Zealand next. After a year-long trial in six restaurants in Auckland and Hamilton, all 167 restaurants in the country start serving breakfast past 10:30 a.m. tomorrow, and every day after that.
— Despite the fact that Donald Trump probably owns a winery, California's wine industry lobbyists want nothing to do with a Trump presidency. According to the Daily Beast, "the wine industry despises Trump’s hardline positions on international trade and immigration." California's wine business depends upon cheap migrant labor, including seasonal guest workers who make use of special visa programs to work and live in the U.S. These are the programs Trump has publicly been strongly against, even as he makes use of them in his own businesses.
— Today in milestones: Jim Beam, maker of Kentucky Bourbon since 1795, just filled its 14 millionth barrel of bourbon since the 1933 repeal of Prohibition. It is the first producer in the bourbon industry to reach this mark.
— Michelin myths, debunked: Recently the Michelin guide clarified five longstanding myths about its stars and how they are awarded. Of particular note is Michelin stars are not given to chefs, but to restaurants: "There is no such thing as a Michelin-starred chef."