Cora, Lagasse, Tucci to Host Beard Awards

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Which of these James Beard Award hosts does not belong? Cat Cora, Emeril Lagasse, and Stanley Tucci will emcee the May 4 event at Avery Fischer Hall, the foundation announced today. Tucci’s connection to food is thankfully not limited to his onion-bagel line in The Devil Wears Prada; he plays Julia Child’s son Paul opposite Meryl Streep in Julie & Julia, out August 9. Beard attendees will include Martha Stewart, Mario Batali, Danny Meyer, Lorraine Bracco, Kim Cattrall (who hosted last year), and Lidia Bastianich. Ted Allen has been relegated to hosting the Media Awards on May 3.

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