One last James Beard Awards post is in order, because this black-and-white photo series from Saveur is worth it. We wondered what exactly they were up to when they camped out backstage at the ceremony, grabbing big-name chefs, presenters, and food-world luminaries to stand in front of a giant light and a man with an smartphone.

Well, now we know: Photographer Landon Nordeman, who won the 2012’s Visual Storytelling award for the Saveur story BBQ Nation, used an iPhone to capture the faces of everyone from Padma to Jacques Pepin as they came through the hallway. The resulting images have a very intimate feel to them, and they really bring to life cast of characters that defined the evening.

How many of the faces above do you recognaize? Head to Saveur to see all the portraits.