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Awesome...Emeril in a Tuxedo!
Sunday, February 04, 2007 | posted by Mike

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It might not be the Oscars or the Golden Globes, but this February will see the debut of something called the "Food Network Awards" at the upcoming South Beach Wine and Food Festival. The initial announcement, which came out back in October, invited users of FoodNetwork.com to vote for a winner in categories like "Favorite Comfort Food" and "Most Deserving Recipient of Jeffrey Steingarten's Scorn" (or something like that).

A press release from the folks at the Food Network gives us a glimpse at the star-studded lineup of attendees. And, best of all, the whole she-bang will be hosted by one Emeril Lagasse. Doing their best Joan Rivers impressions will be Marc Summers and George Duran, who will be working the red carpet and asking the celebs "who they're wearing." Will Giada give her clothing designer husband Todd Thompson a shout-out?

The guest list features a roster of all of the top Food Network personalities:

Alton Brown, Michael Chiarello, Paula Deen, Giada De Laurentiis, George Duran, Bobby Flay, Tyler Florence, Emeril Lagasse, Sandra Lee, Dave Lieberman, Robin Miller, Rachael Ray, Dan Smith and Steve McDonagh, and Marc Summers.

But the star power will not be limited to good looking people who can cook. There will also be good looking people who, as far as we know, can't cook.

Academy Award winner Catherine Zeta-Jones and Golden Globe nominee Aaron Eckhart will attend and present during the ceremony. Zeta-Jones and Eckhart star in the upcoming romantic drama No Reservations from Warner Brothers, premiering nationwide July 27. Directed by Academy Award nominee Scott Hicks, No Reservations tells the story of two Manhattan chefs who challenge the boundaries between rivalry and romance.

Also appearing will be musician (and Philadelphian) G. Love, a.k.a. the guy who sings that "Hot Cookin'" song that they've been using on the Food Network commercials for their nighttime lineup.

You'll be able to watch the festivities, which will be taped February 23rd, on the Food Network on, Sunday, April 15th at 9 PM ET/PT.

Of course, if you're going to be in SoBe and you have some money burning a hole in your pocket, you can take in all of the action yourself. The ceremony will take place at the Jackie Gleason Theater of the Performing Arts in Miami Beach from 9:30-11:00pm on February 23rd. Tickets can be purchased at www.sobewineandfoodfest.com, or (877) 762-3933 and are $77.50 each.



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