2010 James Beard Foundation Awards, Part 2 [food porn]

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Andy Nusser's beets with goat cheese and black truffles. Photograph: Adam Robb / Eat Me Daily

The more time spent honoring Keith McNally, Tom Colicchio and Luke Skywalker on stage Monday night, the longer new and old food media could press flesh over Perrier Jouet and lap bacon and bourbon-infused caviar off their bare hands once all the blini ran out. Even if the acceptance speeches on screen were audible over shaken cocktails and shared business cards, all the winners' names and choice lines had been tweeted to ubiquity before honorees found their ways through the scrum for a second celebratory glass of champagne.

Throughout the evening the tributes of food and drink piled two stories high in the narrow aisles and corner nooks of Avery Fisher Hall, in spaces impossible to pass through without patting a new or past nominee on the back or squeezing between fans and flacks, were where the night truly came to life. Serpentine swaths of vitello tonnato panini and Eleven Madison Park's tins of salmon mousse sheltering fish and dressed with roe served as synapses for connecting the entire industry. Below, take a gander at how the restaurant world eats when they pull out all the stops. [Warning: Image heavy post.]

 

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Photograph: Adam Robb / Eat Me Daily

Mark Franz' champagne poached prawns with spicy cucumber salad.

 

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Spago's duck pastrami with pickled rhubarb sandwiched between pretzel wafers.

 

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The presentation for Kevin Binkley's bacon soup.

 

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Cured sardines with avocado chutney and curry leaf from Foreign Cinema.

 

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Photograph: Adam Robb / Eat Me Daily

Eleven Madison Park's Scottish salmon tartare under a smoked mousse topped with yuzu and trout roe.

 

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Donald Link of Cochon's crawfish remoulade crostini.

 

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Mozza's butterscotch budino with rosemary pine-nut cookies.

 

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Avenues' Alaskin king crab in cucumber consomme beneath a sugar tuile crust.

 

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John Suley's spring pea custard under wraps.

 

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Ex-Per Se chef Jonathan Benno's vitello tonnato panino.

 

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Ironnori's short rib pastrami on nori brioche.

 

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Marinus Restaurant's diver scallop with dungeness crab.

 

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Perry St. chili crab dumplings.

 

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Coi pastry chef Bill Corbett's roasted white chocolate mousse with cherries.

 

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Red bean pudding and sweet potato cakes provided by the Beijing Tourism Administration.

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