This morning, hundreds of chefs and restaurant-industry professionals across the country are glued to their mobile phones or attuned to the James Beard Foundation's Twitter feed, waiting on news of this year's crop of finalists for its big awards ceremony. The long list of semifinalists was announced last month, and more recently it was announced that Mario Batali and Ted Allen were headlining the nonprofit's Awards Ceremony and Gala Reception, set to take place on Monday, May 5 at Lincoln Center. Thanks to the internet, you can watch all of the announcements action, live all the way from The Publican in Chicago. Check it out — even Rahm Emanuel is there.
2014 James Beard Awards Nominee Announcement [Livestream]