Ina Garten Wins James Beard Foundation Award for Outstanding Host

For the second year in row, Ina was recognized for her work on the fan-favorite show Barefoot Contessa: Back to Basics.
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If next month's James Beard Foundation Restaurant & Chef Awards Gala is the Oscars of the culinary industry, then last night's James Beard Foundation Book, Broadcast, and Journalism Awards was the Golden Globes of the food world — at least according to the president of the James Beard Foundation, Susan Ungaro. At Manhattan's Pier Sixty, nestled along the Hudson River with sprawling views of a shining city sunset, Ungaro joined more than 100 esteemed award nominees, plus revered chefs and tastemakers, and host Carla Hall, to celebrate the very best works in food media.

From the Photography and Podcast categories to that of the Personal Essay, the winners took the stage one by one to accept their James Beard medals and reflect on the journeys that brought them to that podium. Perhaps, however, no other award was more sought-after than the medal for Outstanding Personality/Host, as it was saved until nearly the end of the evening. For the second year in a row, Food Network's  Ina Garten earned the win in this venerable category for her hit show Barefoot Contessa: Back to Basics. Before and after her name was announced, the crowd looked back on familiar scenes from her show, as well as some of Ina's most-mouthwatering recipes, which in true Ina form, she delivered with the relaxed and welcoming air that only she could provide.

No stranger to FoodNetwork.com, Healthy Eats writer Amy Chaplin won an award as well. She took home the Vegetable Focused and Vegetarian book award with her premiere cookbook, At Home in the Whole Food Kitchen: Celebrating the Art of Eating Well.

Guests of the ceremony feasted on an elegant seated dinner of harissa-scented snapper and a tender beef rib, from past James Beard winner and former Chopped All-Stars competitor Chef Gavin Kaysen and Chicago's Chef Thomas Lents, respectively. But after the last award was given, it was all about satisfying sweet tooths at the walk-around Dessert Reception. New York City's own Sarabeth Levine, a former James Beard winner, offered individual bread puddings laced with raspberry (pictured above, left), while Ghaya Oliveira of Daniel in New York City presented a two-bite chocolate beauty made with salted caramel (pictured above, right).

See the full list of 2015 Book, Broadcast, and Journalism Award winners  here.

Keep coming back to FN Dish for continued coverage of the 2015 James Beard Foundation Awards, including stories from the Restaurant & Chef Awards Gala, which will be hosted by Alton Brown in Chicago on May 4.

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