NRN at the 2012 James Beard Awards

NRN's senior food editor shares his take on the annual event

The James Beard Foundation likes to call its annual restaurant and chef awards the Oscars of the restaurant world. Really, they’re more like the Emmys in that the same nominees are named year after year.

One big difference, though, is that once you win a Beard Award, you’re ineligible to win again in that category for a number of years. That allows new people and restaurants to be nominated, giving those new nominees an excuse to attend this annual celebration of the restau

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