On Tuesday, the James Beard Foundation Awards for restaurants and chefs were held in New York City, and last Friday, the awards for book, broadcast and journalism were handed out.

The complete list of 2013 James Beard Award winners is on the foundation website, but I thought I’d point out a few that I’m really pleased about.

“The Perennial Plate: Real Food World Tour” won for Video Webcast, On Location. The show’s creators have been featured on MNN, and I first spoke about the webcast two years ago after Laurie David told me the show was a must-see. If you haven’t checked out this webcast that looks at eating from a local and sustainable view, perhaps this new honor will get you to do so.

Publication of the Year went to ChopChop magazine. I’ve been excited about this kids’ cooking magazine since its first issue. I quickly realized that the magazine was pushing kids to cook with real ingredients using real cooking tools, and I was sold. The magazine deserves this award.

I’ve been reading the Hunger Angler Gardener Cook blog for several years now, and I had the opportunity to interview the voice behind the blog, Hank Shaw, when he released his cookbook “Hunt, Gather, Cook.” Hank’s blog took home the Individual Food Blog award Friday night.

Last night’s ceremonies were live streamed online, and I watched the last half hour or so. The winners of the James Beard Awards, often referred to as the Oscars of the food world, all seemed honored to be there and be among their peers whom they respect. The acceptance speeches were all short, and the award recipients all seemed truly honored.

Have you had a chance to check out this past weekend’s culinary winners? Which ones are you happy about?

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