biggest night in food has come to a close, and everyone in attendance should be turning the corner of their hangovers right around now, so we think it’s safe to relive the fun. Last night’s James Beard Awards unfolded in the beautiful Avery Fisher Hall at Lincoln Center, and we were lucky enough to snag a spot on the red carpet as our favorite chefs doffed their jackets in favor of more glam gear (a sight to behold, we’re telling you).
Stomping the red carpet to a crowd of adoring fans held back by a double row of barricades is a far cry from the heat of the kitchen, and we were dying to know how the chefs were dealing with this very different kind of pressure. Spoiler alert from
Chris Cosentino: “It’s awkward.”
In the gallery below,
Elizabeth Falkner talks about leaving Krescendo, Jacques Pepin wishes he wore a sign that said ‘I’m a soup maker’, and Emeril Legasse believes the children are our future.
We awarded Best Dressed last night
via Twitter to nominee Naomi Pomeroy, but we’ll give Best-Dressed Gent to Rick Bayless. Best Dressed +1 went to Andrew Zimmern’s wife Rishia Haas, who was majorly turning heads in a champagne-colored sequin dress from Donna Karan. Check out our Instagram fashion roundup right here.
You may have missed
, and you may have missed Nate Appleman’s cheeseburgers the fight that broke out in Todd English’s sushi line, but our red carpet Q & A with the chefs below will make it feel almost exactly like you were there.
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Consumer advocate icon
Ralph Nader, seen here chillaxin' with comedian Pauly Shore, is perhaps the most recognizable contemporary third party figure.
"I believe in I.F. Stone's dictum that in all social justice movements, you've got to be ready to lose. And lose and lose and lose. It's not very pleasant, but you have to accept this if you believe in what you're doing," Nader explained.
He has been accused of spoiling the 2000 election for Democratic nominee Al Gore by stealing liberal votes away from him. He ran less successfully in 2004 and 2008.
Today he continues to live modestly on $30,000 a year, and reportedly "could possibly be cajoled into another run." But Nader recently said he's grown tired of running. “You have millions of people who say run, run, run,” he said. “Then you put yourself out there and find they are voting for Obama. Until they become mature, until they realize that if they generate 5 to 8 million votes behind a progressive third-party candidate for leverage, what is the point? Why should people try four or five times? Let someone else do it."
The most successful third party candidate in modern times,
H. Ross Perot received 19,741,065 votes in 1992, winning a greater share of the vote than any other tertiary candidate since Theodore Roosevelt in 1912. He ran again less successfully in 1996.
While he never was elected to public office, he continues to remains active in philanthropy and business. In recent times, he touted a website about his passion -- charts -- on the now defunct perotcharts.com.
Despite endearing journalists and voters with his unique style, he did not leave quite the same impression on former President George HW Bush.
"I think he cost me the election, and I don't like him," Bush said in a recent HBO documentary.
Watch a clip below from his aborted perotcharts.com:
Former Georgia Congressman
Bob Barr ran on the Libertarian Party ticket in 2008 and received 523,686 votes, 0.4% of the national vote, which was the second highest number of votes nationwide that a Libertarian Party presidential candidate has ever received.
Barr supported fellow Georgian , saying that “I’m very comfortable and happy supporting Newt." Newt Gingrich's primary run in 2012
John B. Anderson
John B. Anderson received 6 million votes -- 7% of the total-- as an independent candidate in 1980 in his race against Ronald Reagan and Jimmy Carter.
Since his unsuccessful run, he continued to tirelessly advocate for fair elections, in particular instant run-off voting, and founded FairVote, which promotes electoral reform.
He endorsed Obama in 2008 and now lives half the year in Fort Lauderdale, and is a visiting professor at the Shepard Broad Law Center at Nova Southeastern University.
Pat Buchanan received the Reform Party nomination in 2000 and garnered 448,895 votes, or 0.43% of the total. His surprising success in Florida rose awareness of the flawed butterfly ballot, which many say hurt Vice President Al Gore's electoral chances.
He went on to be a successful cable news pundit for many years on MSNBC until a controversial book he wrote, Suicide of a Superpower, landed him in hot water with the network. He was indefinitely suspended in January 2012 and let go from the network soon after.
Watch Buchanan's defense of himself on Fox News below:
Ezola Broussard Foster
Pat Buchanan shocked many politicos when he picked retired teacher Ezola Foster as his Vice Presidential running mate in 2000, the first African-American to have been nominated for vice president by an Federal Election Commission-recognized ticket.
Buchanan said he picked Foster for her advocacy against government involvement in education. "The schools are failing not because there's not enough money, but because there is too much government involvement," Foster said at the time. While unsuccessful in her run for office, she helped pave the way for other African-Americans to get involved on the national stage.
Foster currently lives in Los Angeles and remains active in tea party politics, speaking at rallies. She is outspoken in her opposition to many of President Obama's policies.
Watch a speech she gave at a tea party event in 2009:
Winona LaDuke -- a Native American activist, environmentalist, and Harvard educated economist -- ran with Ralph Nader in 1996 and 2000 as the vice presidential nominee of the United States Green Party. "It’s really going to be lousy if [Bush] gets in," she told Salon. "But I can’t stand to continue this [election] process where the whole thing gets degraded and goes into a downward spiral. I mean, look at the choices, and they’re getting worse."
LaDuke went back to supporting Democrats in the 2004 election and supported Barack Obama in 2008.
She is currently the executive director of both Honor the Earth and White Earth Land Recovery Project. She continues to speak about the environment, releasing a book in 2011 entitled the Militarization of Indian Country. She also is considering another run for office—this time for tribal council of the White Earth reservation in northern Minnesota.
Patrick Lucey had been a two-term governor of Wisconsin and Ambassador to Mexico when he was tapped to join John B. Anderson’s 1980 independent ticket. His public life since the 1980 election has been relatively quiet, but he made headlines just last year when he abruptly switched his endorsement in a Wisconsin Supreme Court election from the incumbent to the challenger, citing a lack of civility from incumbent David Prosser.
Admiral James Stockdale
Medal of Honor winner
James Stockdale was Ross Perot's running mate in 1992, and will always be remembered for famously asking "Who am I? Why am I here?" during the 1992 Vice Presidential Debate. While he received much flak for this statement, Stockdale later explained, "I am a philosopher."
According to the New York Times, Stockdale said "he drew his inspiration from the writings of Epictetus, a former Roman slave who was an adherent to the teachings of the Stoics."
He passed away in 2005 after a battle with Alzheimer's disease. Watch his famous debate moment below:
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