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By Emma Krasov, photography by Yuri Krasov

The first annual Tasty Awards celebrating last year's best achievements in food and fashion programs on television, in film, and on the web took place at the Sundance Kabuki theatre in San Francisco yesterday. The red carpet event was hosted by Zane Lamprey, a food and travel television star of Three Sheets. Award presenters included Bobby Bognar; Dominique Crenn and Marisa Churchill; Marcy Smothers and Joanne Weir; Philip Gums and E.C. Morgan; Mary Orlin and Mary Babbitt; Laurence Scott; Novella Carpenter and Anita Chu; Tanya Holland and Preeti Mistry; Nathan Lyon and Debi Mazar; Seiji Horibuchi; Leslie Sbrocco and Justin Kan; Lauriine Wickett and Elizabeth Howes. Tasty Awards 2010 were presented in various categories for programs, series or films on the Internet, on television, on mobile, and in theaters. Among the major award recipients were: Person of the Year – Anthony Bourdain (No Reservations), Tastemaker of the Year – Gary Vaynerchuk (Wine Library), Pioneer Awards were given to Martin Yan, Paul Prudhomme, and You Tube, and Lifetime Achievement Awards – to Alton Brown and Jacque Pepin. A series of “Outstanding” Awards went to: Performance – Meryl Streep, Inspiration – G. Garvin, Vision – Tyler Florence, Passion – Joanne Weir, Entertainer – Giada de Laurentiis, Animation – “Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs,” Technology Innovation – Hulu, YouTube, iPhone, Flip HD. Tim Gunn became Stylemaker of the Year; Hungry Nation TV, and Zane Lamprey shared Breakout Foodies of the Year Award. Modelinia, H&M and Rachel Zoe Project were all awarded Breakout Fashionistas of the Year. “Rehab: Party at the Hard Rock” was awarded Guilty Addiction, and “What Not to Wear” – Great Taste Award. The two-hour award presentation event was followed by a wine and chocolate reception at the recently opened multipurpose cultural center – New People building (photos). Among the tasty sponsors there were Goldeneye Winery, Italian Volcano, Fentimans, Saratoga Chocolates, and other gourmet food and beverage producers.To learn more, visit


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