Richard Melman to Receive Lifetime Achievement Award; Michel Nischan is Humanitarian of the Year

 

Chicago restaurateur will recieve the 2015 James Beard Lifetime Achievement Award

 

 

Two big announcements from the JBFA team today: we've selected our 2015 Lifetime Achievement and Humanitarian of the Year honorees.

 

Accomplished Chicago restaurateur Richard Melman will receive this year's Lifetime Achievement award. As founder and chairman of Lettuce Entertain You Enterprises, Melman oversees more than 100 restaurants nationwide, and has mentored countless chefs and culinary professionals. He is a highly admired leader within Chicago and across the country, with business practices and a personal philosophy that have served as invaluable models to others in the industry.

 

 

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Awards Watch: Design Entries Due January 31

 

Calling all designers and architects: we're in the final weeks of our entry period for the 2015 James Beard Restaurant Design Awards. From now through Saturday, January 31, we're accepting submissions for two categories: Outstanding Restaurant Design: 75 Seats and Under; and Outstanding Restaurant Design: 76 Seats and Over. Any restaurant or design project that was completed or redone in North America after January 1, 2012 is eligible.

 

If you want to enter your restaurant for consideration, you can register and submit entries at awards.jamesbeard.org. Details about criteria and more can be found ... Read more >

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Awards Watch: Debra Eschmeyer to Replace Sam Kass at the White House

 

Last week brought us some exciting news about 2011 JBF Leadership Award winner Debra Eschmeyer: the FoodCorps co-founder will replace Sam Kass at the White House, taking over his positions as executive director of Michele Obama's Let's Move! initiative and as senior policy advisor on nutrition to the president. In her new high-profile roles, Eschmeyer, a longtime food activist, will work with the administration to improve the health of American children, building on her FoodCorps efforts to fight childhood obesity and food insecurity.

 

In light of this outstanding development, we're posting JBF contributing editor Anya Hoffman's profile on Eschmeyer from the 2011 JBF... Read more >

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Awards Watch: Journalism and Broadcast Media Entries Due Friday

Andrew Zimmern at the James Beard Awards

 

We're in the final days of our entry period for the 2015 Journalism and Broadcast Media JBFA. From now through Friday, January 9, we're accepting submissions for food television, podcasts, reporting, and much more. 

 

Want to add your work to the mix? You can register and submit entries at awards.jamesbeard.org. Details about criteria, a list of sub-categories, and more can be found here. Entry FAQs are here

 

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Awards Watch: Online Voting Ends December 31!

Nancy Silverton at the 2014 James Beard Awards

 

The clock is ticking: you only have three more days to tell us who you think should be nominated for a JBF Restaurant or Chef Award. Just register, log in, and submit a suggestion for any number of our 21 categories, including Outstanding Chef, Rising Star Chef of the Year, regional chefs, and our brand new Outstanding Baker award. Winners will be announced at the Lyric Opera of Chicago on May 4, 2015.

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Awards Watch: Book Submissions Due Today

2015 James Beard Book Award Entries Due December 15

 

Calling all authors, editors, and other publishing-industry folk: today is the last day to submit entries for the 2015 James Beard Book Awards. Submissions are by due by midnight.

 

We've received over 400 entries so far. Want to add your work to the mix? You can register and submit entries at awards.jamesbeard.org. Entry guidelines are here. Our Book Awards categories are:

 

American Cooking

Baking and Dessert

Beverage

Cooking from a Professional Point of View

Focus on Health

General Cooking

International

Reference and Scholarship

Single Subject

Vegetarian Focused and Vegetarian

Writing and Literature
 

 

2015 Book Award nominees will be... Read more >

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Awards Watch: Submit Book Entries by Monday, December 15

 

Calling all authors, editors, and other publishing-industry folk: you have less than a week left to submit entries for the 2015 James Beard Book Awards. The deadline is Monday, December 15.

 

We've received about 400 entries so far. Want to add your work to the mix? You can register and submit entries at awards.jamesbeard.org. Entry guidelines are here. Our Book Awards categories are:

 

American Cooking

Baking and Dessert

Beverage

Cooking from a Professional Point of View

Focus on Health

General Cooking

International

Reference and Scholarship

Single Subject

Vegetarian Focused and Vegetarian

Writing and Literature
 

 

2015 Book Award nominees will be... Read more >

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Awards Watch: 2015 Book Award Entries Due December 15

2015 James Beard Book Award Entries Due December 15

 

With the 2015 Book Award submission deadline a little over a month away, our shelves are starting to crowd with cookbooks and other food-themed works on every imaginable subject,  including the foods of Texas, the Brooklyn craft-spirits scene, and bourbon-soaked desserts. If last year's submissions are a reliable gauge, we're expecting more than 150 entries to land in the JBF offices the coming weeks.

 

Want to add yours to the mix? The deadline for 2015 Book Award submissions is Monday, December 15. You can submit entries here. Reacquaint yourself with all James Beard Award categories here.

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2014 JBF Leadership Award Honoree Karen Washington

 

Karen Washington

Urban Farmer, Community Activist, and Former President,

New York City Community Garden Coalition

 

For Karen Washington, it all began with a tomato. “I had no experience growing food, and I took a chance,” she says of the decision to plant a backyard garden after purchasing a home in the Bronx in 1985. “I hated tomatoes—but when I bit into one of my own, I was hooked: I said, ‘I am going to grow everything.’”

 

What followed was nothing if not kismet. Washington saw from her kitchen window “a man with a pick and a shovel” working in the empty lot across the street—“an eyesore that turned my American dream into a nightmare.” She joined him, helping to transform that lot into a thriving community garden. More gardens followed when she connected with Bronx Green-Up, and her activity expanded to activism when she joined the Northwest Bronx Community and Clergy Coalition. “My training there taught me how to be a public speaker and... Read more >

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2014 JBF Leadership Award Honoree Navina Khanna

Navina Khanna

​Fellow, Movement Strategy Center

 

There’s the work, and then there’s the spirit behind it: with Navina Khanna, it’s one and the same. “Navina is a catalyzer and activator who puts others first and leads through hard work and service…and calls all of this ‘love,’” says Ricardo Salvador, himself a 2013 JBF Leadership Award recipient. “She is one of the few people who can act on that word meaningfully in the real world by making the lives of others better because of knowing and working with her.”

 

Indeed, Khanna is led by her heart. Touched at an early age by the marvels of nature, active in environmental initiatives as a teen, and horrified by the negative impact of the Green Revolution and corporate influence over the food system in her family’s native India, Khanna commenced early in the pursuit of more just, equitable, and sustainable food and agricultural practices.

 

After embarking on that pursuit, she began planting the seeds for others... Read more >

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