They make a lovely couple

Emeril Lagasse picked up his James Beard Foundation Humanitarian of the Year award in New York last night, with Mario Batali on hand to present it to him in an old-skool Food Network throwdown.

Nominations for Vegas restaurants were thin on the ground this year, with only Jaleo up for Best Restaurant Design (76 seats and over) and Picasso for its wine program. (Both lost to, respectively, Juvia of Miami Beach and Frasca Food and Wine in Boulder.) No Vegas chefs were up in the West division, so we basically have to live vicariously though Emeril, who won for his work on the Emeril Lagasse Foundation.

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