And the Winner Is…James Beard Awards 2014 Recap

Hear from 2014 James Beard Award Winners

Some of the 2014 James Beard Award winners discuss what the honor means to them

Jane Bruce

The James Beard Awards are the Oscars of the food world, so last night was huge for "anyone who's anyone" in the industry.

The most important takeaway from last night’s James Beard Awards — the glitzy and highly-anticipated culinary event of the year — is that Mario Batali can pull off Batman crocs. Last night’s big winners at the annual James Beard Awards Gala at the Koch Theater in Lincoln Center, hosted by Ted Allen and Mario Batali, included Nancy Silverton of Pizzeria Mozza in Los Angeles for Outstanding Chef, The Slanted Door in San Francisco for Outstanding Restaurant, cronut king Dominique Ansel for Outstanding Pastry Chef, Barbara Lynch of Barbara Lynch Gruppo for Outstanding Restaurateur, and a tie for Rising Star Chefs between Jimmy Bannos Jr. of The Purple Pig in Chicago and Blaine Wetzel of The Willows Inn on Lummi Island in Washington.

See The Daily Meal's Snapshots from the "Yellow Carpet" here (Slideshow)

Best Chef Northeast went to chef Jamie Bissonnette, who told The Daily Meal that he was humbled by the experience.

"When I was a kid I wanted to work for a chef that had won a James Beard award and now I am that chef that has one," said Bissonnette. "It's humbling to think that all the people who voted thought I was good enough."

One of the most prestigious awards at the “Sounds of the City”-themed event that combined the love for and arts of food and music, is the Lifetime Achievement Award which this year went to Sirio Maccioni, the mastermind behind Le Cirque, and the inspiration for many star chefs. The award was presented by former mayor Michael Bloomberg.

 The 2014 Humanitarian Award went to chef Matt Haley, known for his efforts in furthering education for children across the globe.

There was an overwhelming feeling of girl power at the awards last night, since many of the major awards went to women, including Silverton’s Outstanding Chef, Lynch’s Outstanding Restaurateur, and Best Chef New York City, which went to The Spotted Pig’s April Bloomfield.

Some of the notable women in the culinary world sharing an after-party truffle pizza:

Also Robert DeNiro was there, and everyone went wild.


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