Scenes From the 2012 James Beard Awards

On Monday night the food industry celebrated the best of the best from the past year at the 2012 James Beard Awards at Avery Fisher Hall in New York City. Often referred to as the Oscars of food, the evening honored both well-known chefs (the James Beard Foundation Lifetime Achievement Award was given to Wolfgang Puck) and up-and-coming stars (Christina Tosi of Momofuku Milk Bar in New York won Rising Star Chef of the Year). Get the full list of winners here and check out our photos from the red carpet below.

James Beard Awards, Ted Allen

James Beard Award-winner and Chopped host Ted Allen snapped his own photos.

James Beard Awards, Wolfgang Puck

Wolfgang Puck was honored with a Lifetime Achievement Award.

James Beard Awards, Seamus Mullen

Seamus Mullen posed on the red carpet next to James Beard Foundation President Susan Ungaro.

James Beard Awards, Michael Chiarello

Michael Chiarello was nominated for Best Chef: Pacific, for his restaurant Bottega in Yountville, Calif.

James Beard Awards, Maile Carpenter and Wylie Dufresne

Food Network Magazine Editor-in-Chief Maile Carpenter walked the red carpet with her chef husband Wylie Dufresne of wd-50 in New York City.

James Beard Awards, Marc Murphy and Lee Anne Wong

Chopped judge Marc Murphy posed with chef Lee Anne Wong.

James Beard Awards, Elizabeth Faulkner

Next Iron Chef: Super Chefs runner-up Elizabeth Falkner was all smiles.

James Beard Awards, Duff Goldman

Duff Goldman created a towering cake for the foundation's 25th anniversary.

James Beard Awards, Andrew Zimmern

Andrew Zimmern holds his James Beard Award for Television Program, On Location for his show Bizarre Foods with Andrew Zimmern on Travel Channel.

James Beard Awards, Aaron Sanchez and John Besh

 Aaron Sanchez hangs out with chef John Besh of August in New Orleans, La.

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