05/11/2011 12:49 pm ET Updated Jul 11, 2011

The Problem With The James Beard Awards

The James Beard Awards are often called "the Oscars of the food world," and not unjustly. There is the same endlessly parsed nominating process, the black ties and red carpet, the instantaneous tweeting as each award is announced inside the cavernous theater -- in this case, Avery Fisher Hall at New York City's Lincoln Center.

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