2015 Who's Who Inductee: Maricel Presilla

 

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.

 

MARICEL E. PRESILLA / CHEF, RESTAURATEUR, AND COOKBOOK AUTHOR / HOBOKEN, NJ

 

Maricel E. Presilla is an award-winning author, chef, and restaurateur who is widely recognized as one of the nation’s pre-eminent experts on the cuisines of Latin America. In 2013 her magnum opus, Gran Cocina Latina: The Food of Latin America, was honored as Cookbook of the Year by the James Beard Foundation and Best General Cookbook by the IACP.... Read more >

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2015 Who's Who Inductee: Nathalie Dupree

 

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.

 

NATHALIE DUPREE / COOKBOOK AUTHOR AND TELEVISION PERSONALITY / CHARLESTON, SC

 

Nathalie Dupree is the author of 14 cookbooks and the host of more than 300 national and international cooking shows that have aired on PBS, the Food Network, and the Learning Channel. She has earned wide recognition for her work, including three James Beard Awards and numerous other honors. Dupree is best known for her approachability and her... Read more >

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2015 Who's Who Inductee: Wylie Dufresne

 

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.

 

WYLIE DUFRESNE / CHEF AND RESTAURATEUR / NYC

 

Wylie Dufresne is a celebrated chef, restaurateur, and pioneer of molecular gastronomy. Dufresne began his career at the International Culinary Center (formerly the French Culinary Institute) before working for Jean-Georges Vongerichten at JoJo and Jean Georges in New York and Prime Steakhouse at the Bellagio in Las Vegas. In... Read more >

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2015 Who's Who Inductee: Dale DeGroff

 

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.

 

DALE DEGROFF / MIXOLOGIST / NYC

 

Master mixologist Dale DeGroff, a.k.a. King Cocktail, developed his extraordinary talent tending bar at esteemed establishments, most notably New York’s famous Rainbow Room, where in the 1980s he pioneered a gourmet approach to re-creating classic cocktails. DeGroff has since been credited with reinventing the bartending profession and... Read more >

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2015 Who’s Who Inductee: Allan Benton

 

 

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.

 

ALLAN BENTON / PORK PRODUCER AND PURVEYOR / MADISONVILLE, TN

 

The owner of Benton’s Smoky Mountain Country Hams, Allan Benton has been described by Saveur magazine as “one of the most respected producers in the United States.” Benton grew up in a family that raised hogs and cured their own... Read more >

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JBFA in Photos: Beard Awards Gala

 

The envelopes have been unsealed, the winners have been toasted, and the hangovers have subsided. Next order of business: photo highlights from the fabulous 2015 James Beard Awards. Last week, we shared photos from our Book, Broadcast & Journalism Awards dinner, which took place at New York City's Pier Sixty, as well as our annual Chefs' Night Out bash at Chicago's Montgomery Club. Now we're giving you a peek at the grand fête of the season: our Beard Awards gala, held at the Lyric Opera of Chicago, where guests... Read more >

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JBFA in Photos: Chefs' Night Out

 

The envelopes have been unsealed, the winners have been toasted, and the hangovers have subsided. Next order of business: photo highlights from the fabulous 2015 James Beard Awards. Yesterday we shared photos from our Book, Broadcast & Journalism Awards Dinner, which took place on April 24 at New York City's Pier Sixty. Today, we're revisiting our annual Chefs' Night Out party, which takes place on the eve of the James Beard Awards Gala as a chance for chefs, nominees, and presenters to relax and mingle with cocktails and late-night bites before the big day. This year's fête was held at Chicago's Montgomery Club, a dapper private venue under the umbrella of the acclaimed Gibsons Restaurant Group. Check out the highlights below, and view the entire photo album... Read more >

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Overheard at the 2015 James Beard Awards

 

Last night's Beard Awards featured many memorable moments—Alton Brown's meat melody, Daniel Boulud and Thomas Keller's improv bit, and Steve from Sex and the City's announcement that the winner of the Outstanding Wine Program award was the entire city of San Francisco—but the theme of the evening was definitely family: the ones at home as well as the families we create in the restaurant trenches. Here are some of the night's most quotable lines:

 

"Thank your wife. Thank your wife. Thank your wife."

–Gerard Craft of Niche, Best Chef: Midwest

 

"I'm sorry it took me so long, I'm not used to wearing a dress. That's why I became a chef."

–Jessica Largey of Manresa, Rising Star Chef of the Year

 

"Vegans try to tempt me with their pie. Well they can keep their seitan and tofu. Because I'll devour bacon till I'm blue. The meat goes on."

–Alton Brown, master of ceremonies

 

“My wish for all of you is…to... Read more >

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The 2015 James Beard Award Winners!

 

 

The Winners of the 2015 James Beard Awards, presented by Lexus.

 

 

The 2015 Restaurant and Chef Awards 
 

Best New Restaurant, Presented by True Refrigeration®
Bâtard, NYC

 

Outstanding Baker
Jim Lahey, Sullivan Street Bakery, NYC

 

Outstanding Bar Program, Presented by Tanqueray No. TEN®
The Violet Hour, Chicago


Outstanding Chef, Presented by All-Clad Metalcrafters
Michael Anthony, Gramercy Tavern, NYC

 

Outstanding Pastry Chef
Christina Tosi, Momofuku, NYC


Outstanding Restaurant, Presented by Acqua Panna® Natural Spring Water
Blue Hill at Stone Barns, Pocantico Hills, NY

 

Outstanding Restaurateur
Donnie Madia, One Off Hospitality Group, Chicago (Blackbird,... Read more >

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2015 Humanitarian of the Year: Michel Nischan

 

This award is given to an individual or organization working in the realm of food who has given selflessly and worked tirelessly to better the lives of others and society at large.

 

More than three decades ago, Michel Nischan was an aspiring musician scrambling to make a living in Chicago. When his parents downsized to a smaller fixer-upper home in the area and Nischan showed up to help them paint, his mother was alarmed by his appearance.

 

“I was six feet three and 145 pounds, and when my mom saw me, she could count every rib in my body. She said, ‘We’ve got to get you a job in a restaurant. At least you’ll eat,’” Nischan recalls. Behind the stove proved to be a much more lucrative spot than on stage. Nischan’s first food gig at a breakfast truck stop became the launching point for his career as an innovative, esteemed chef and one of the most prominent voices guiding America toward a more affordable, more accessible, and more just food system.

 

It was a food system... Read more >

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