There may be no greater concentration of gastronomic firepower than the crowd of chefs, restaurateurs, media types, and general food-world glitterati that gathers at the James Beard Foundation Awards to celebrate the year’s top culinary talent. Photographer Landon Nordeman—the winner of 2012’s Visual Storytelling medal for the SAVEUR story BBQ Nation–stationed himself backstage at Lincoln Center’s Avery Fisher Hall armed with nothing more than an iPhone to capture the faces and moods of the 2013 Beards.

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