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Backstage at the James Beard's Awards

It was a big night of the culinary world. Monday night the James Beard's Foundation awarded honors to the country's top chefs and restaurants. Here's a look at some of the winners and what was happening behind the scenes.

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May 7, 2012: Christina Tosi, of Momofuku Milk Bar in New York, poses with her Rising Star Chef of the Year medal during the James Beard Foundation Awards

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May 7, 2012: Gail Simmons, of Top Chef, arrives for the James Beard Foundation Awards.

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May 7, 2012: TV personality Andrew Zimmern arrives for the James Beard Foundation Awards.

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May 7, 2012: Chef Jacques Pepin arrives for the James Beard Foundation Awards, Monday.

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May 7, 2012: Chef Wylie Dufresne his wife Maile Carpenter arrive for the James Beard Foundation Awards.

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May 7, 2012: The James Beard Foundation Award Gala was full of tasty concoctions, like this 'Kappa Krush,' made with Kappa Pisco, grapes, raw sugar and muddled lemon.

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May 7, 2012: Chef Charlie Trotter poses with his medal for Humanitarian of the Year, during the James Beard Foundation Awards.

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May 7, 2012: Chef Wolfgang Puck poses with his Lifetime Achievement Award during the James Beard Foundation Awards. 

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May 7, 2012: 'Ace of Cakes' star Duff Goldman shows off his lime green shoes and matching shirt at the James Beard Foundation Awards.

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May 7, 2012: James Beard award winners, nominees and guests mingle at the gala that followed the ceremony, featuring recipes from past James Beard award winners and James Beard himself.

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May 7, 2012: A chef at the James Beard Foundation Awards gala prepares crawfish croque monsieur with pickled okra.

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May 7, 2012: Chef Paul Qui poses with his medal for Best Chef: Southeast, during the James Beard Foundation Awards.

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May 7, 2012: Chef Thomas Keller arrives for the James Beard Foundation Awards.

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Backstage at the James Beard's Awards

It was a big night of the culinary world. Monday night the James Beard's Foundation awarded honors to the country's top chefs and restaurants. Here's a look at some of the winners and what was happening behind the scenes.

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