The highly anticipated James Beard Awards took place yesterday , and while we couldn't be there in the flesh, it sure felt like we were: Twitter was aflutter with snapshots, congratulations, and jokes from attendees. Wish you were a part of the action? Get an inside look at what really went on last night inside the winner's circle when you flip through these pictures.
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Andrew Zimmern Making a Face
Andrew Zimmern posed with chef Chris Cosentino, declaring him "the best chef in America who doesn't have a #jbfa."
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Dana Cowin and David Chang All Gussied Up
Looks like the black-tie part of the event was optional? It was, at least, for Momofuku's David Chang and Food & Wine's Dana Cowin, who were sporting some snazzy disposable aprons. "Look @davidchang & @fwscout are dressed up and ready for #jbfa," Food & Wine restaurants editor Kate Krader tweeted.
Source: Twitter User Kate Krader 
James Beard House — Err, Cake
We're not sure whether we'd want to duck or dive into this James Beard House replica. "An impressive display of culinary architecture, the James Beard House cake!" Alabama journalist Bob Carlton wrote.
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Almost Too Pretty to Consume
Eleven Madison Park, which took home the title of outstanding chef, thanks to Daniel Humm, wowed the audience with its presentation. "EMP has the prettiest table," Eater editorial director Amanda Kludt tweeted.
Source: Twitter User kludt 
Good Enough to Eat
Do you think Amanda Hesser and Merrill Stubbs of Food52 were hungry? This retweet from Thrillist cofounder Ben Lerer  sure makes it look so. "Look what we got!" they exclaimed. "James Beard Publication of the year!"
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Bubbling With Excitement
After chef Daniel Humm took top prize, the annual afterparty at Eleven Madison Park was really a party this year. "This should get the EMP party started. Congrats to Daniel!" tweeted Dustin Wilson, the restaurant's wine director.
Source: Twitter User dwilson79