First-Ever 'Food Network Awards' Premiered April 15th

Famous Faces in the Food World Celebrate Achievements in the World of Food

and Entertaining

Apr 16, 2007, 01:00 ET from Food Network

    NEW YORK, April 16 /PRNewswire/ -- Food Network premiered its
 first-ever awards show, the Food Network Awards, on Sunday, April 15th at 9
 PM ET/PT. The 90-minute show, which was taped at the Food Network South
 Beach Wine & Food Festival in Miami, FL, on Friday, February 23rd, honored
 achievements in the world of food and entertaining in an offbeat awards
 ceremony unlike any other on television.
     World-renowned chef Emeril Lagasse served as Master of Ceremonies for
 the awards, introducing members of the Food Network family who presented
 awards throughout the show. Lagasse is host of Emeril Live! on Food
 Network, as well as a master chef, restaurateur, cookbook author among
 other accolades. Other Food Network star presenters included: Rachael Ray,
 Giada De Laurentiis, Bobby Flay, Paula Deen, Bobby Deen, Sandra Lee, Alton
 Brown, and Nigella Lawson. George Duran serves as the floor reporter in the
     Academy Award winner for Chicago, Catherine Zeta-Jones, and Golden
 Globe nominee for Thank You for Smoking, Aaron Eckhart, stars of the
 upcoming film No Reservations (opening July 27), made a special
 presentation to Matthew Finkel, age 18, who was selected as the first-ever
 winner of The Culinary Institute of America Scholarship and Food Network
 Opportunity of a Lifetime. Matthew was one of more than 30 students
 considered for the award. Matthew, a Bronx native, has dreamed about
 attending the CIA to gain knowledge in pastry arts and learn leadership
 skills that will help to advance his career as his long-term goal is to
 open his own bakery. Matthew started his journey March 6, 2007, as a
 student in the CIA's Bachelor's Degree program.
     Julia Child, the beloved TV pioneer who inspired generations of cooks,
 was inducted into the Food Network Hall of Fame, and Bill Shore, founder of
 anti- hunger group Share Our Strength presented the award for Humanitarian
 of the Year to Floyd Cardoz of Tabla Restaurant in New York City. For
 nearly twenty years, Union Square Hospitality Group - first as the
 restaurant Union Square Cafe, and now as a restaurant group - has been
 actively involved with Share Our Strength. When Chef Floyd Cardoz joined
 USHG in 1998 as the opening chef of Tabla, he naturally participated in
 fundraisers for long-time USHG charitable partner Share Our Strength,
 including annual participation in Taste of the Nation, a guest chef
 commitment at the Autumn Harvest Dinner, and other anti-hunger efforts.
 However, a Share Our Strength Hinges of Hope trip to New Orleans this year
 took Chef Cardoz from willing participant to engaging advocate.
     Other Food Network Award winners include:
     -- Delicious Destination of the Year - A rising city with a fast-growing
        food scene! - Portland, Oregon
     -- Play With Your Food - Art with an edible twist! - Jell-O Artist - Liz
     -- Icy Innovations - Inroads in Ice Cream! - MooBella Ice Cream
     -- Tasty Technology - Tomorrow's appliances for today's kitchens! -
        PoliScience Anti-Griddle
     -- "Hot" Chocolate - Artisan confectioners raising the bar! - Andrew
        Shotts of Garrison Confections
     -- Delectable Delivery of the Year - Not your Grandmother's Food-of-the-
        Month Club! - Zingerman's: Z - Club (winner)
     -- Super Market - Building a better grocery store! - Wegmans Food Market,
     -- Better Burger - Fast-food with character! - Burgerville
     -- Edible Entrepreneur of the Year - Passionate pursuit of bright ideas! -
        Alicia Polak - Khaya Cookie Company
     -- Viewers' Choice: Favorite Food Combo - Burger & Fries
     -- Viewers' Choice: Best Ballpark Eats - Citizens Bank Park (Philadelphia)
     -- Viewers' Choice: The Professional Grade Kitchen Appliance You Can't
        Live Without - Microwave
     -- Viewers' Choice: Favorite Classic Read - Green Eggs & Ham
     -- Viewers' Choice: Favorite Cool & Classic Cocktail - Margarita
     An internal panel led by Food Network Kitchens selected the nominees
 for the awards; the same panel, which represents all departments at the
 network, chose the winners, in addition to five viewer's choice categories
 that were determined by votes on
     The Food Network Awards is produced by Triage Entertainment in
 conjunction with Food Network. Triage also produces the popular series Iron
 Chef America for the network.
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