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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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Landon Nordeman
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David Chang, Momofuku
Winner: Outstanding Chef
Landon Nordeman
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Paul Kahan, Blackbird, Avec, The Publican, Big Star
Winner: Outstanding Chef
Landon Nordeman
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Padma Lakshmi, Top Chef Landon Nordeman
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Danny Bowien, Mission Chinese Food
Winner: Rising Star Chef
Landon Nordeman
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Bobby Stuckey, Frasca Food and Wine
Winner: Outstanding Wine Program
Landon Nordeman
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Emeril Lagasse, Emeril Lagasse Foundation
Winner: 2013 James Beard Foundation Humanitarian of the Year
Landon Nordeman
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Julian Niccolini, Four Seasons Landon Nordeman
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Grant Achatz, Alinea, Next, and The Aviary
Winner: Outstanding Bar Program
Landon Nordeman
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Cecilia Chiang, Pioneer
2013 Recipient: James Beard Foundation Lifetime Achievement Award
Landon Nordeman
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Merry Edwards, Merry Edwards Winery
Winner: Outstanding Wine, Beer, or Spirits Professional
Landon Nordeman
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Greg and Darin Bresnitz, Snacky Tunes/Finger On the Pulse Landon Nordeman
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Greg Morabito, Eater NY Landon Nordeman
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Stephanie Izard, Girl & the Goat, Goat Market, Little Goat Diner
Winner: Best Chef: Great Lakes
Landon Nordeman
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James Oseland, Saveur Landon Nordeman
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Martha Stewart, Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia Landon Nordeman
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Dana Bowen, Every Day with Rachael Ray Landon Nordeman
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Belinda Chang, Sommelier-at-Large Landon Nordeman
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Andre Prince Jeffries, Prince’s Hot Chicken Shack
Winner: 2013 James Beard Foundation America’s Classics
Landon Nordeman
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Anne Burrell, Chef Wanted Landon Nordeman
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Debi Mazar, Extra Virgin Landon Nordeman
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Jacques Pepin, Legend Landon Nordeman
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Melissa Clark, The New York Times Landon Nordeman
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Suzanne Goin, Lucques, A.O.C., The Hungry Cat, Tavern Landon Nordeman
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Alejandro Barrios Carrero, Alejandro Barrios Carrero Designs
Winner: 2013 James Beard Foundation Outstanding Design Award, 76 Seats and Over
Landon Nordeman
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Ariane Daguin, D’Artagnan Landon Nordeman
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Art Carlson, C.F. Folks
Winner: 2013 James Beard Foundation America’s Classics
Landon Nordeman
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Sidra Durst, Museum of Food and Drink Landon Nordeman
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Ted Allen, Chopped Landon Nordeman
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Eric Asimov, The New York Times
2013 Inductee: James Beard Foundation Who’s Who of Food & Beverage in America
Landon Nordeman
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Maguey Le Coze, Le Bernardin
Winner: Outstanding Restaurateur
Landon Nordeman
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Rachel Harrison, Island Outpost Landon Nordeman
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Sam Kass, the White House Landon Nordeman
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Barbara Lynch, Barbara Lynch Gruppo
2013 Inductee: James Beard Foundation Who’s Who of Food & Beverage in America
Landon Nordeman
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Thomas Keller, Bouchon, French Laundry, Ad Hoc, Per Se Landon Nordeman
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Dorothy Kalins, Editor
2013 Inductee: James Beard Foundation Who’s Who of Food & Beverage in America
Landon Nordeman
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Fedel Facey, Lincoln Center Landon Nordeman
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Gabriella Gershenson, Saveur Landon Nordeman
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Moira Sedgwick, Share Our Strength Landon Nordeman
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Trevor Kunk, Blue Hill
Winner: Outstanding Restaurant
Landon Nordeman
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Kat Kinsman, CNN Landon Nordeman
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Ryan Gibson, Simplissimus Landon Nordeman
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Steve Dolinsky, Hungry Hound Landon Nordeman
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Andrew Salmon, Momofuku Landon Nordeman
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Geneen Humm, Eleven Madison Park, The NoMad Landon Nordeman
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Daniel Humm, Eleven Madison Park, The NoMad Landon Nordeman
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Bob Kasunic, Zagat Landon Nordeman
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Jason Fleck, Restaurant Associates Landon Nordeman
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Oliver Platt, Dreamboat Landon Nordeman
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Jamie Gordon, Pernod Ricard Landon Nordeman
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Sue Chan, Momofuku Landon Nordeman
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Nick Solares, Serious Eats Landon Nordeman

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