Everything You Ever Wanted to Know about the Beard Awards, Iacopo Falai

A primer on the “glamour, rivalries, and after-parties“ of the Beard Awards (not as exciting as it sounds) reveals that if you’re a Kansas City restaurateur, you’re screwed. [NYS]

Iacopo Falai discusses his “love affair” with food, fails to explain why he hires haters for waiters. [Cravings]

The Times launches "Dining Briefs," which of course is nothing like Diner’s Journal. [NYT]

Chefs “fume” over whether to make Niçoise with canned tuna. Also, why do they call it chicken of the sea? [NYP]

Hamptons alert: Jay McInerney to host the opening of the new incarnation of JL East. [NYP]

S. Pellegrino’s list of the world’s best 50 restaurants: No surprises here, lucky for Keller. [The Guardian]