On Monday night the food industry celebrated the best of the best from the past year at the 2012 James Beard Awards at Avery Fisher Hall in New York City. Often referred to as the Oscars of food, the evening honored both well-known chefs (the James Beard Foundation Lifetime Achievement Award was given to Wolfgang Puck) and up-and-coming stars (Christina Tosi of Momofuku Milk Bar in New York won Rising Star Chef of the Year). Get the full list of winners here and check out our photos from the red carpet below.
Wolfgang Puck was honored with a Lifetime Achievement Award.
Seamus Mullen posed on the red carpet next to James Beard Foundation President Susan Ungaro.
Michael Chiarello was nominated for Best Chef: Pacific, for his restaurant Bottega in Yountville, Calif.
Food Network Magazine Editor-in-Chief Maile Carpenter walked the red carpet with her chef husband Wylie Dufresne of wd-50 in New York City.
Chopped judge Marc Murphy posed with chef Lee Anne Wong.
Next Iron Chef: Super Chefs runner-up Elizabeth Falkner was all smiles.
Duff Goldman created a towering cake for the foundation’s 25th anniversary.
Andrew Zimmern holds his James Beard Award for Television Program, On Location for his show Bizarre Foods with Andrew Zimmern on Travel Channel.
Aaron Sanchez hangs out with chef John Besh of August in New Orleans, La.