PHOTOS: Star Chefs at the 2012 James Beard Awards

The best of the best of the food world gathered at Lincoln Center in New York City for the 2012 James Beard Awards.

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From left, journalist Dana Cowan, chef Grant Achatz and chef Emily Luchetti pose together after their Who's Who of Food & Beverage in America induction during the James Beard Foundation Awards, Monday, May 7, 2012, in New York. (AP Photo/Jason DeCrow)
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Chef Grant Achatz poses after his Who's Who of Food & Beverage in America induction during the James Beard Foundation Awards, Monday, May 7, 2012, in New York. (AP Photo/Jason DeCrow)
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Chef Wolfgang Puck poses with his Lifetime Achievement Award during the James Beard Foundation Awards, Monday, May 7, 2012, in New York. (AP Photo/Jason DeCrow)
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Chef Charlie Trotter poses with his medal for Humanitarian of the Year, during the James Beard Foundation Awards, Monday, May 7, 2012, in New York. (AP Photo/Jason DeCrow)
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Chef Paul Qui poses with his medal for Best Chef: Southeast, during the James Beard Foundation Awards, Monday, May 7, 2012, in New York. (AP Photo/Jason DeCrow)
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Gail Simmons, of Top Chef, arrives for the James Beard Foundation Awards, Monday, May 7, 2012, in New York. (AP Photo/Jason DeCrow)
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Chef David Chang arrives for the James Beard Foundation Awards, Monday, May 7, 2012, in New York. (AP Photo/Jason DeCrow)
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Chefs John Besh, left, and Aaron Sanchez arrive for the James Beard Foundation Awards, Monday, May 7, 2012, in New York. (AP Photo/Jason DeCrow)
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Chef Wylie Dufresne his wife Maile Carpenter arrive for the James Beard Foundation Awards, Monday, May 7, 2012, in New York. (AP Photo/Jason DeCrow)
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Gail Simmons, of Top Chef, arrives for the James Beard Foundation Awards, Monday, May 7, 2012, in New York. (AP Photo/Jason DeCrow)
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TV personality Andrew Zimmern arrives for the James Beard Foundation Awards, Monday, May 7, 2012, in New York. (AP Photo/Jason DeCrow)
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Chef Joe Bastianich arrives for the James Beard Foundation Awards, Monday, May 7, 2012, in New York. (AP Photo/Jason DeCrow)
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Chef Rick Bayless arrives for the James Beard Foundation Awards, Monday, May 7, 2012, in New York. (AP Photo/Jason DeCrow)
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Chef Jacques Pepin arrives for the James Beard Foundation Awards, Monday, May 7, 2012, in New York. (AP Photo/Jason DeCrow)
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Chef Wolfgang Puck arrives for the James Beard Foundation Awards, Monday, May 7, 2012, in New York. (AP Photo/Jason DeCrow)
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Chef Hugh Acheson arrives for the James Beard Foundation Awards, Monday, May 7, 2012, in New York. (AP Photo/Jason DeCrow)
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Chef Thomas Keller arrives for the James Beard Foundation Awards, Monday, May 7, 2012, in New York. (AP Photo/Jason DeCrow)
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