Backstage at the Beards

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 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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David Chang, Momofuku
Winner: Outstanding Chef
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Paul Kahan, Blackbird, Avec, The Publican, Big Star
Winner: Outstanding Chef
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Padma Lakshmi, Top ChefLandon Nordeman
Danny Bowien, Mission Chinese Food
Winner: Rising Star Chef
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Bobby Stuckey, Frasca Food and Wine
Winner: Outstanding Wine Program
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Emeril Lagasse, Emeril Lagasse Foundation
Winner: 2013 James Beard Foundation Humanitarian of the Year
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Julian Niccolini, Four SeasonsLandon Nordeman
Grant Achatz, Alinea, Next, and The Aviary
Winner: Outstanding Bar Program
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Cecilia Chiang, Pioneer
2013 Recipient: James Beard Foundation Lifetime Achievement Award
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Merry Edwards, Merry Edwards Winery
Winner: Outstanding Wine, Beer, or Spirits Professional
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Greg and Darin Bresnitz, Snacky Tunes/Finger On the PulseLandon Nordeman
Greg Morabito, Eater NYLandon Nordeman
Stephanie Izard, Girl & the Goat, Goat Market, Little Goat Diner
Winner: Best Chef: Great Lakes
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James Oseland, SaveurLandon Nordeman
Martha Stewart, Martha Stewart Living OmnimediaLandon Nordeman
Dana Bowen, Every Day with Rachael RayLandon Nordeman
Belinda Chang, Sommelier-at-LargeLandon Nordeman
Andre Prince Jeffries, Prince's Hot Chicken Shack
Winner: 2013 James Beard Foundation America's Classics
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Anne Burrell, Chef WantedLandon Nordeman
Debi Mazar, Extra VirginLandon Nordeman
Jacques Pepin, LegendLandon Nordeman
Melissa Clark, The New York TimesLandon Nordeman
Suzanne Goin, Lucques, A.O.C., The Hungry Cat, TavernLandon Nordeman
Alejandro Barrios Carrero, Alejandro Barrios Carrero Designs
Winner: 2013 James Beard Foundation Outstanding Design Award, 76 Seats and Over
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Ariane Daguin, D'ArtagnanLandon Nordeman
Art Carlson, C.F. Folks
Winner: 2013 James Beard Foundation America's Classics
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Sidra Durst, Museum of Food and DrinkLandon Nordeman
Ted Allen, ChoppedLandon Nordeman
Eric Asimov, The New York Times
2013 Inductee: James Beard Foundation Who's Who of Food & Beverage in America
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Maguey Le Coze, Le Bernardin
Winner: Outstanding Restaurateur
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Rachel Harrison, Island OutpostLandon Nordeman
Sam Kass, the White HouseLandon Nordeman
Barbara Lynch, Barbara Lynch Gruppo
2013 Inductee: James Beard Foundation Who's Who of Food & Beverage in America
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Thomas Keller, Bouchon, French Laundry, Ad Hoc, Per SeLandon Nordeman
Dorothy Kalins, Editor
2013 Inductee: James Beard Foundation Who's Who of Food & Beverage in America
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Fedel Facey, Lincoln CenterLandon Nordeman
Gabriella Gershenson, SaveurLandon Nordeman
Moira Sedgwick, Share Our StrengthLandon Nordeman
Trevor Kunk, Blue Hill
Winner: Outstanding Restaurant
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Kat Kinsman, CNNLandon Nordeman
Ryan Gibson, SimplissimusLandon Nordeman
Steve Dolinsky, Hungry HoundLandon Nordeman
Andrew Salmon, MomofukuLandon Nordeman
Geneen Humm, Eleven Madison Park, The NoMadLandon Nordeman
Daniel Humm, Eleven Madison Park, The NoMadLandon Nordeman
Bob Kasunic, ZagatLandon Nordeman
Jason Fleck, Restaurant AssociatesLandon Nordeman
Oliver Platt, DreamboatLandon Nordeman
Jamie Gordon, Pernod RicardLandon Nordeman
Sue Chan, MomofukuLandon Nordeman
Nick Solares, Serious EatsLandon Nordeman