Unlike the Oscars or People's "Sexiest Man Alive," nominations for gastronomy's highest honor are open to the public: You can suggest your favorite chef or restaurant for a coveted James Beard Award before midnight on December 15, simply by logging on to the foundation's Website. Of course, if your cook isn't already a big shot, his best chance for a beard is to go for awhile without shaving. (Though here, women are at a clear disadvantage.) Still, you can always tell that special person you nominated them and hope for an extra scoop of caviar or rice and beans, as the case may be at your next meal. And more importantly, you can get them on the Foundation's radar, which is the key to future glory.
James Beard Foundation Awards Nomination Form [James Beard Foundation]