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Beard Awards Elicit Celebrations & Congratulations Across Social Media

Plenty of restaurant industry love in cyberspace

Land & Sea Dept. accepts their Beard Award.
Land & Sea Dept. accepts their Beard Award.
Ashok Selvam is the editor of Eater Chicago and a native Chicagoan armed with more than two decades of award-winning journalism. Now covering the world of restaurants and food, his nut graphs are super nutty.

After a day to decompress, it's time to check social media and relive reactions to the 2016 James Beard Foundation Awards. Most of the out-of-town restaurant industry guests have probably already departed Chicago, but they definitely left an impression via Twitter. Here are some of the highlights.

Thomas Keller gives props to the crew from Alinea, which took home Outstanding Restaurant:

Chef Curtis Stone celebrates with Jon Shook and Vinny Dotolo in honor of L.A.'s Animal's win for Best Chef: West:

Marcus Samuelson poses with New Orleans' Leah Chase, recipient of this year's Beard Lifetime Achievement Award. Chase drew a standing ovation for a speech that was ripe with one liners including this one referring to a certain Chicagoan: "Poor Mr. Obama, we had a fight. But Mr. Obama from Chicago, what do you know about gumbo? Nothing."

Here's a few scenes from the Roister afterparty, celebrating Alinea's aforementioned win:

New Orleans iconic Commander's Palace congratulates Alon Shaya for his win for Best New Restaurant:

Rachael Ray poses with Andrew Zimmern on the red carpet:

The band of beards from Land & Sea Dept. are humbled by Cherry Circle Room's win for Best Restaurant Design for a space with more than 75 seats.

And finally, former Tribune food writer Kevin Pang gives thanks to Grace chef Curtis Duffy, who won Best Chef: Midwest. Pang chronicled Duffy in the documentary "For Grace."

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