James Beard Awards: The Twitter highlights

May 8, 2012

Jose Andres, last year's outstanding chef at the Beard Awards, thinks the media need to help out local chefs more. (Sarah L. Voisin/The Washington Post)

There’s no shame in losing a Beard Award, of course, although that might be hard to tell Restaurant Eve’s Cathal Armstrong today after he missed out for the sixth straight year. (Obelisk’s Peter Pastan, on the other hand, will be pleased that he can continue to milk the news coverage his Beard nominations generate.)

Still, the D.C. drought caused Jose Andres, winner of the country’s outstanding chef last year at the Beard Awards, to point a finger at the media as a co-conspirator in the shutout. It was one of a number of pointed, funny and/or controversial comments Tweeted during the ceremony, including Anthony Bourdain’s opportunistic Tweeting to underscore the 1-percenter elitism that runs through the annual honors some call the Oscars of the food world.

After the jump, you can read a random collection of Tweets from Monday night’s ceremony as well as from Friday night’s media awards dinner, which caused the Washingtonian’s Todd Kliman, up for the M.F.K. Fisher Distinguished Writing Award, to lament the high cost of Beard meals. (Got some favorites of your own? Point them out in the comments.)

Tim Carman serves as the full-time writer for the Post's Food section and as the $20 Diner for the Weekend section, a double duty that requires he ingest more calories than a draft horse.
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