2014 JBF Leadership Award Honoree Ben Burkett

2014 JBF Leadership Award honoree Ben Burkett

Ben Burkett
State Coordinator for the State of Mississippi, Federation of Southern Cooperatives; president of the National Family Farm Coalition; and Member of Via Campesina

 

Even just a glance at the staggering range of Ben Burkett’s commitments—spanning state, national, and international arenas—confirms that he’s a tireless advocate for the family farm. “I guess you could say I’ve been farming all my life,” says Burkett, a fourth-generation farmer who wears a variety of hats for organizations including the Federation of Southern Cooperatives, where he is a state coordinator, and the National Family Farm Coalition, where he serves as president.

 

Burkett’s own 300-acre farm in Petal, Mississippi, teems with more than 16 types of vegetables including collard greens and okra. He’s on a quest to change the culture of farming in the United States, which is currently dominated by a cluster of gargantuan corporate players. “The huge farmers don’t... Read more >

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2014 JBF Leadership Award Honoree Mark Bittman

2014 JBF Leadership Award honoree Mark Bittman

 

Mark Bittman
Author and Journalist,
The New York Times

 

Talk about mileage: once a New York City cabdriver and a Boston truck driver, Mark Bittman is now one of the most prominent and influential voices steering Americans toward healthier, more sustainable eating. The best-selling cookbook author, renowned food writer, and prolific recipe developer has paved a path all his own.

 

While running a small newspaper as a community organizer in the 1970s, Bittman was introduced to the craft of journalism and the art of communication. That know-how would serve him well: in the decade that followed, Bittman contributed to many different print outlets, including the New Haven Register, of which he became food editor. “I really liked food and knew about food, but I was trying many different things,” he says. “When it became clear that what I was passionate about would actually work for me, I pretty much pursued it... Read more >

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Awards Watch: Calling All 2015 Entries!

Nancy Silverton and David Chang at the 2014 James Beard Awards

 

JBF is now accepting entries for the 2015 James Beard Awards!

 

Entries for our Book; Broadcast and New Media; Journalism; and Restaurant Design categories can be submitted here. We're excited to announce two new Broadcast and New Media awards: Podcast and Visual and Technical Excellence.

 

Entries for Restaurant and Chef awards consideration have a separate portal, which is here. There's also a new Restaurant and Chef award: Outstanding Baker. (The Outstanding Pastry Chef category remains.) Please note that you may submit up to two entries per subcategory of the Restaurant and Chef awards.

 

Submission deadlines are as follows:... Read more >

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JBF Names 2014 Leadership Award Recipients

The James Beard Foundation Leadership Awards

 

Today the James Beard Foundation unveils its 2014 Leadership Award recipients. These individuals, whose work contributes to a more healthful, sustainable, and safe food world, will be honored on October 27 at a dinner ceremony co-hosted by Good Housekeeping at the Hearst Tower. The awards presentation will be part of the James Beard Foundation’s fifth annual Food ConferenceHealth & Food: Is Better Food the Prescription for a Healthier America?, taking place on October 27 and 28 in New York City. For more information or to purchase tickets, please contact Bowen & Company at 914.231.6180 or jamesbeard@bowenandco.com.

 

The 2014 Leadership Award recipients are:

 

Mark Bittman

Author/Journalist, The New York Times

 

For using his international platform as a... Read more >

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Interview with Donald Link of Pêche

Donald Link

 

The winner of this year's Best New Restaurant award, Pêche is the latest project from New Orleans–based chef Donald Link, who also runs the acclaimed Cochon, Cochon Butcher, and Herbsaint. On top of his culinary talent and business acumen, Link is a passionate champion of Gulf Coast and Southern foodways. Below, Link discusses his ties to local producers, the current state of New Orleans dining, and what's next for Pêche. 

 

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JBF: It's obviously been a big year for Pêche. What's your vision for the restaurant in its second year?

 

DL: We plan on continuing in the same style as before: to keep searching out the best seafood the Gulf Coast has to offer. A lot of doors have opened up in the world... Read more >

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Interview with 2014 JBF Award Winner Barbara Lynch

Interview with 2014 JBF Award Winner Barbara Lynch by Anna Mowry

 

The winner of this year’s Outstanding Restaurateur award, Barbara Lynch has forged one of the country’s most acclaimed restaurant groups, Barbara Lynch Gruppo, which includes fine dining and casual concepts, a butcher shop, and a demonstration kitchen. The Boston native also runs a nonprofit, the Barbara Lynch Foundation, and has cultivated young chef talent like Kristin Kish and Colin Lynch (no relation).

 

Now that the JBFA dust has settled, we got in touch with Lynch to talk about her empire’s coming attractions, the cookbook that clicked her cooking philosophy into place, and where she ate during Beard Awards weekend.

 

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JBF: Two months ago the New York Times ... Read more >

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2014 Who's Who Inductee: Food Writer Edward Behr

 

The James Beard Foundation’s Who’s Who of Food and Beverage in America is a cadre of the most accomplished food and beverage professionals in the country. Though they represent a diverse cross-section of the food and beverage industry—from chefs to journalists to farmers to business executives to scholars—each has been identified by his or her peers as having displayed remarkable talent and achievement. Every member of the Who’s Who has contributed in some substantial way to America’s constantly evolving culinary scene.

 

One of our six 2014 Who's Who inductees, Edward Behr is the editor and publisher of the quarterly food magazine, The Art of Eating. First published as an eight-page newsletter in 1986, it has grown to become one of the most respected magazines about food and wine.

 

Watch the short video below, which celebrates Behr's work and aired at the 2014 James Beard Awards. Stay tuned for videos about our other 2014 inductees.

 

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Sounds and Tastes of the City

What to eat and listen to in music's top towns.

 

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2014 Who's Who Inductee: Chef and Restaurateur John Besh

 

The James Beard Foundation’s Who’s Who of Food and Beverage in America is a cadre of the most accomplished food and beverage professionals in the country. Though they represent a diverse cross-section of the food and beverage industry—from chefs to journalists to farmers to business executives to scholars—each has been identified by his or her peers as having displayed remarkable talent and achievement. Every member of the Who’s Who has contributed in some substantial way to America’s constantly evolving culinary scene.

 

One of our six 2014 Who's Who inductees, John Besh is a chef and native son dedicated to the culinary riches of southern Louisiana. Besh has nine restaurants including his flagship restaurant, August, which merges Besh’s classic French culinary training with his Southern roots.

 

Watch the short video below, which celebrates Besh's career and aired at the 2014 James Beard Awards. Stay tuned for videos about our other 2014 inductees.

 

 

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2014 Who's Who Inductee: Chef and Restaurateur David Chang

 

The James Beard Foundation’s Who’s Who of Food and Beverage in America is a cadre of the most accomplished food and beverage professionals in the country. Though they represent a diverse cross-section of the food and beverage industry—from chefs to journalists to farmers to business executives to scholars—each has been identified by his or her peers as having displayed remarkable talent and achievement. Every member of the Who’s Who has contributed in some substantial way to America’s constantly evolving culinary scene.

 

One of our six 2014 Who's Who inductees, David Chang is the chef and founder of Momofuku, which includes restaurants in New York City, Sydney, and Toronto. Momofuku originated in New York City, which is now home to Momofuku Noodle Bar, Momofuku Ssäm Bar, Momofuku Ko, Momofuku Milk Bar, Momofuku Má Pêche, and Booker and Dax at Ssäm.

 

Watch the short video below, which celebrates Chang's career and aired at the 2014 James Beard Awards. Stay tuned for videos about our other 2014 inductees.

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