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

 

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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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2014 Who's Who Inductee: Chef and Restaurateur Paul Kahan

 

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, Paul Kahan has received international acclaim for Blackbird, avec, The Publican, Big Star, Publican Quality Meats, and, most recently, Nico Osteria. Awarded Outstanding Chef by JBF in 2013 and Best Chef: Midwest in 2004, Kahan has earned the praise of many who claim him to be one of America’s most influential working chefs.

 

Watch the short video below, which celebrates Kahan'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: Pastry Chef and Author Sherry Yard

 

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, renowned chef Sherry Yard has earned the praise of her critics and peers with multiple accolades awarded throughout her career, including two James Beard Awards: one for Outstanding Pastry Chef of the Year and a second for Best Baking Book for her cookbook debut, The Secrets of Baking.

 

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

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Chicago to Host the 2015 Beard Awards

The 2015 James Beard Foundation Awards will take place in Chicago

 

Just when you thought it was safe to stop following #jbfa on Twitter for a few months, here's a fresh bit of Awards news: next year, for the first time ever, the Beard Awards Gala will leave New York City and set up shop in Chicago. (The Book, Broadcast & Journalism Awards Dinner will remain in New York.)

 

At a press conference this morning, Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel, the Illinois Restaurant Association's Sam Toia, Choose Chicago's Don Welsh, and JBF president Susan Ungaro announced that the 2015 ceremony will take place at the Lyric Opera of Chicago on Monday, May 4. “There is no greater honor for a restaurant than recognition with a Beard Foundation Award, and there is no greater honor for Chicago’s culinary community than the decision to host the awards here,” said Mayor Emanuel. Indeed... Read more >

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