Do you have what it takes to beat the Beards? You do? Who do you think you are? Professionals and pundits, the cream of the food-media aristocracy, try to pick the major winners every year, and every year they fail. And yet…if some discerning Grub Street reader can correctly guess the winners of Outstanding Restaurateur, Best Chef NYC, Outstanding Restaurant, and Best New Restaurant, you will win two tickets to New York’s Highbrow Backyard Barbecue event later this summer. (We’ll give you a pass on the Rising-Star Chef award.) It’s not enough to pick the right nominees, though; you have to tell us just why you think they will win. In the event of a tie, the best, or most eloquent, reasoning will determine the victor. Below are the nominees. Put your thinking caps on and get cogitating: Entries are due by Saturday at midnight, either as comments in this post or via e-mail at the Grub Street in-box.