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Food Net Awards Categories Announced, Snooze Telecast Promised

The Food Network produced today, via press release, a slew of details about their upcoming and first-ever Food Network Awards, which is to be taped at the South Beach Food & Wine Festival on February 24th. Somewhat confusing is the extent to which the show seems completely devoid of excitement. There is not a 'Chef of the Year', 'Food of the Year', 'Food Entertainer of the Year' or the like in sight.

Here are the details: Confirmed presenters include: Emeril Lagasse, Rachael Ray, Giada De Laurentiis, Bobby Flay, Paula Deen, Tyler Florence, Sandra Lee, Alton Brown, Dan & Steve, Michael Chiarello, George Duran, Dave Lieberman, Robin Miller, Ingrid Hoffman and Marc Summers; tickets will be made available to the public ($77.50), though it is almost a guarantee they'll be giving out free tickets to seat fillers, so Eater can't exactly endorse ticket purchase; it will air on April 15th at 9 PM ET/PT; 'acclaimed' musician G. Love will perform (sans the Special Sauce, ironically enough)

Award categories are as follows:

* Favorite Comfort Food Combo (Viewers' Choice)
* Most Delicious Destination, highlighting a rising locale not to be missed
* Best Ball Park Eats (Viewers' Choice)
* Play With Your Food: Artwork With an Edible Twist, recognizing one remarkable artist who incorporates food into their work
* Icy Innovations, awarded to innovators in the world of frozen treats
* Tasty Technology, new kitchen appliances that will change the way we
cook
* "Professional Grade" Kitchen Appliance You Can't Live Without (Viewers' Choice)
* "Hot" Chocolate List, recognizing the hottest chocolatier in the country
* Food Hall of Fame: Tribute to Julia Child, television and food pioneer
* Share Our Strength Food Humanitarian Award, a person who makes the world a better place through food
* Culinary Dreams Can Come True: Culinary Institute of America Scholarship and Food Network Mentorship of a Lifetime
* Favorite Childhood Classics (Viewers' Choice), awarded to the favorite children's book about food
* Not Your Grandmother's Food of the Month Club, given to the most unique food of the month club
* SUPER Market, presented to the grocery chain who has changed the way we shop
* Best Better Burger, recognizing a burger company with a mindful approach to their product and operation
* Favorite Coolest Cocktail (Viewers' Choice), celebrating Food Network viewers' favorite classic drink
* Edible Entrepreneurs, acknowledging individuals with a passion for food and an entrepreneurial spirit
* Funniest Food Festival, honoring the wackiest food festival in the country
Asleep yet?
· First Ever 'Food Network Awards' Heats up South Beach [PR Newswire]

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