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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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2014 Who's Who Inductee: Writer Barry Estabrook

 

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, Barry Estabrook currently writes for The New York Times, The Washington Post, TheAtlantic.com, MarkBittman.com, Saveur, and Men’s Health. In 2011, Estabrook wrote the influential book, Tomatoland, which exposed how industrial agriculture has ruined the tomato in all ways—gastronomic, environmental, and in terms of labor abuse.

 

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

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The 2014 JBF Awards: Highlight Reel

 

A final bit of housekeeping for the 2014 James Beard Awards:

 

We want to thank everyone, from our staff and event planners to reception chefs and sponsors, who helped to make last week's festivities such a huge success. And, of course, a huge congrats to all of the winners and nominees!

 

Here's a highlight reel from the amazing team at Linton Media. You can see more of their work on our YouTube channel.

 

Watch a complete rebroadcast of last Monday's ceremony here.

 

 

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2014 JBF Publication of the Year: Civil Eats

Civil Eats

What began as a blog for a San Francisco–based event called Slow Food Nation has grown into a highly respected source of news and commentary about the state of our food system. Civil Eats was founded in early 2009 by publishing professionals Naomi Starkman and Paula Crossfield as a digital publication with a stable of more than 100 contributors and a mission to cover the evolving food landscape. And cover it they have: Civil Eats reports from the industrial tomato fields of Immokalee, Florida, to the kitchen garden at San Quentin prison; from mobile slaughterhouses to the manure lagoons of factory farms.

 

Among food journalists, Civil Eats has become a trusted primary source for complicated and timely food policy news, such as evaluating the recent Farm Bill and the nonessential use of antibiotics in livestock. 

 

For more than four years, everyone involved with Civil Eats worked without pay—a model that, although admirable, was hardly sustainable. Last... Read more >

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The 2014 James Beard Award Winners!

 

Congratulations to all the 2014 James Beard Award winners! See the complete list.

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