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2010 James Beard Media & Book Awards: Winners, Losers, and What We Ate

JBFA_2010.jpg There’s something refreshing about a media event where attendees actually eat. Add to that the fact that the most politically charged statement of the night had to do with honeybees, and you’ve got yourself a convivial evening. At NYC’s Espace last night, the 2010 James Beard Foundation Media & Book Awards were abuzz with familiar foodies, including Chicago chef and nominee Rick Bayless, Momofuku chef and nominated cookbook author David Chang, and everyone’s favorite Swede, chef Marcus Samuelsson, who arrived with a super-tall plus one in tow. The vibe was relaxed and upbeat (we hear it’s a lot more fun than tonight’s gala), and the cocktails were flowing: We sampled champagne and a refreshing gimlet (ahem, “Cucumber Mint Creole” from Pegu Club mixologist Audrey Saunders) before sitting down to a five-pieces-of-stemware dinner. (One guest evidently couldn’t handle this liquid feast and was escorted from the event around 8:30 p.m. after his tablemates complained.)

This year marks the first time the book award winners were announced with the broadcast and journalism awards rather than the chef awards gala, tacking on 12 awards to the already lengthy program. Co-hosts Andrew Zimmern, host of Bizarre Foods on The Travel Channel, and Kelly Choi, host of Top Chef Masters, emceed the 3.5-hour affair with equal parts humor and efficiency. Zimmern took home the prize for TV food personality, so his demeanor and suit were boosted for the latter half of the ceremony with the ultimate accessory — a gold medal. [Ed. note: This probably distracted guests from his verbal slip early in the night when he said "recipe for sex" instead of "success," eliciting a requisite round of giggles.]

More details and what we ate, plus a photo slideshow and the complete list of winners, after the jump…

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Sundance Iconoclasts: About as Daring as Mayo on Pastrami

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Sundance Channel and Grey Goose Vodka are foisting a new season of Iconoclasts on the world. We love these pairings, largely because they’re so easy to mock.

Robert Lloyd loves this because it’s pretentious worthy high-production value television, unlike everything else he’s forced to review.

Maureen Ryan likes the longer format of celebrity chit-chat.

Tonight, professional edgy guy Sean Penn chats with author Jon Krakauer about Penn’s movie based on Krakauer’s book. Synergy.

Alicia Keys and Ruby Dee are fine, if only because their names rhyme.

Mike Myers, who’s working on a movie about a self-help expert and Surprise! self-help expert Deepak Chopra.

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Norman Lear and Howard Schultz–moguls.

Wynton Marsalis meets Iron Chef John Besh — wanna bet they talk about what it means to miss New Orleans?

And since this series is all about “the world’s most fascinating and controversial minds”, who better than:

Madeleine Albright and Ashley Judd. What’s the connection? They both color their hair? They both photograph taller than than they really are? We can only hope this will be as embarrassing as the Renee Zellweger and Christiane Amanpour session last season.

The SNL version with Bjork and Charles Barkley is priceless, but NBC, the spoilsports, have pulled their content from YouTube.