Beard Media Award Winners Celebrate at Chef’s Night Out

Last night’s Chef’s Night Out bash at At Vermilion was the mess you knew it’d be — Aaron Sanchez in Miami whites and flashy gold kicks, Terroir’s wine man Paul Grieco in a Canada Dry workman’s jacket, and Anne Burrell telling us someone mistook her for Babbo pastry chef Gina DePalma (“I told them, you must have never met Gina DePalma if you think we look the same”). Herb Wilson tweeted from the scene: “Lots of chefs complaining about biz being way off … This too shall pass!” And The Atlantic’s Corby Kummer walked around wearing the medal he won at the James Beard Foundation Media Awards at a ceremony hosted by Ted Allen just hours before. Below, a list of the rest of the night’s winners, including our own Adam Platt, who took honors for his reviews of Corton, Benoit, and Convivio.

2009 James Beard Foundation Journalism Awards
MFK Fisher Distinguished Writing Award
Aleksandra Crapanzano

Multimedia Writing on Food
Ruth Reichl
“The Test Kitchen”

Website Focusing on Food, Beverage, Restaurant, or Nutrition
Tanya Steel

Food Related Columns
Corby Kummer
The Atlantic
“A Papaya Grows in Holyoke”; “Beyond the McIntosh”; “Half a Loaf”
04/08, 05/08, 10/08

Reporting on Nutrition or Consumer Issues
Rachael Moeller Gorman
“How to Feed Your Mind”

Restaurant Reviews
Adam Platt
New York Magazine
“Faux French”; “The Mario of Midtown”; “Corton on Hudson”
07/14/08, 09/15/08, 11/24/08

Newspaper Feature Writing With Recipes
Rebekah Denn
Seattle Post-Intelligencer
“High on the Hairy Hogs: Super-Succulent Imports are Everything U.S. Pork Isn’t”

Newspaper Feature Writing Without Recipes
Kristen Hinman
Riverfront Times
“The Pope of Pork”

Writing on Spirits, Wine, or Beer
Alan Richman
“Viva La Revolucion!”

Magazine Feature Writing About Restaurants and/or Chefs
Ruth Reichl
“The Last Time I Saw Paris…”

Magazine Feature Writing With Recipes
Edna Lewis
“What is Southern?” *

*Published Posthumously
Magazine Feature Writing Without Recipes
Alan Richman
“Made (Better) in Japan”

Newspaper Feature Writing About Restaurants and/or Chefs
Katy McLaughlin
The Wall Street Journal
“Sushi Bullies”

Newspaper Food Section
The Washington Post
Joe Yonan

Blog Focusing on Food, Beverage, Restaurant, or Nutrition
Erika Ehmsen, Elizabeth Jardina, Rick LaFrentz, Amy Machnak, Johanna Silver, Margaret Sloan,
Margo True
Our One-Block Diet

2009 James Beard Foundation Broadcast Media Awards
Audio Webcast or Radio Show
WNYC, The Leonard Lopate Show:
3-Ingredient Challenge
Hosts: Leonard Lopate, Rozanne Gold
Area: New York City Metro, Online
Producer: Sarah English

Video Webcast
Savoring the Best of World Flavors, Volume III: Vietnam and the Island
of Sicily
Host: Jonathan Coleman
Producers: John Barkley, Kenneth Wilmoth, Greg Drescher, Steve Jilleba, Janet Fletcher

Television Food Show, National or Local
Lidia’s Italy: Sweet Napoli
Host: Lidia Matticchio Bastianich
Network: PBS
Air Date: 04/08/08
Producers: Lidia Matticchio Bastianich,
Julia Harrison, Shelly Burgess Nicotra

Television Food Segment, National or Local
CBS News Sunday Morning: In a Pinch
Host: Martha Teichner
Network: CBS
Air Date: 10/26/08
Producers: Jon Carras, David Small

The Restaurant and Chef, Book, and Design and Graphics, and special achievement winners will be announced tonight; we’ll keep you posted.

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Beard Media Award Winners Celebrate at Chef’s Night Out