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On The Town:
The 2006 James Beard Awards

May 8, 2006


Photograph by Andrew Sia

The culinary stars shone brightly at the 16th annual James Beard Foundation Awards, held Monday, May 8th at the Marriott Marquis in New York’s Times Square. Led by Master of


Photograph by Andrew Sia
Ceremonies Cokie Roberts, the evening had the glamour of the Oscars and the good taste of America’s best restaurants. StarChefs.com was behind-the-scenes for the awards, interviewing the winners as well as the gala chefs.

This year the James Beard Awards celebrated the culinary legacy of New Orleans. The foundation honored the New Orleans Restaurant Community as its 2006 Humanitarian of the Year. Beloved New Orleans chefs, including


Photograph by Tom Kirkman

Leah Chase of Dookie Chase’s, Ross Eirich
of Galatoire’s, and Emeril Lagasse of Emeril’s Restaurant, created a reception menu that featured Creole and Cajun cuisine from beignets to daube glacé, and proceeds from gala ticket sales were donated to a charitable fund established to assist in the rebuilding of the New Orleans Restaurant Community.

Among this year’s award winners were New York’s The Modern for Restaurant of the Year, Daniel Boulud for Outstanding Restaurateur of the Year, and Spatulatta.com, an online cooking site created by two sisters, ages 8 and 10, became the first website honored by the foundation. This year’s Lifetime Achievement Award went to Alfred A. Knopf Senior Editor and President Judith Jones, whose work has brought authors such as Julia Child and Madhur Jaffrey to the American culinary consciousness.


Photograph by Andrew Sia

For a complete listing of 2006 James Beard Award winners, including the Journalism Awards recipients, please CLICK HERE

Coming Soon: StarChefs.com presents podcasts of the James Beard Foundation Award winnter interviews.

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