Lidia Bastianich, Edna Lewis, and David Burke among the 2009 James Beard Award winners

The 2009 James Beard Awards were announced last evening at a ceremony at Lincoln Center. There were many reminders of the Knopf Culinary list throughout the ceremony and weekend. The theme of this year’s awards was “Women in Food” and was led by our own Lidia Bastianich as Gala Chair.

Winners from the Knopf list:

Best Television Food Show, National or Local: Lidia’s Italy: Sweet Napoli, Host: Lidia Matticchio Bastianich

Best Magazine Feature: Edna Lewis, “What Is Southern?” in Gourmet (January, 2008)

Who’s Who of Food & Beverage in America: David Burke, Chef/Entrepreneur, NY