Meet the 2015 Outstanding Personality/Host Broadcast Award Nominees

 

With so many resources for recipes, restaurants, and culinary curiosities, it can seem overwhelming to try to figure out what exactly you want to learn or discover. That’s where this year’s nominees for the James Beard Award for Outstanding Personality/Host come in. These individuals strive to be curators for home cooks and amateur anthropologist—foodies, inviting us into their kitchens or having us tag along on their adventures to help ensure viewers get only the cream of the content crop. 

 

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Host: Ina Garten
Barefoot Contessa: Back to Basics
Airs on: Food Network

After over a decade on the air, Ina Garten’s Barefoot Contessa sets the standard for high-quality, elegant entertaining recipes. Self-assured without ever being patronizing, Garten... Read more >

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Interview with David Chang of Outstanding Restaurant Nominee Momofuku Noodle Bar

 

When David Chang opened his first restaurant in 2004, he lit a ramen-noodle fuse that set off a New York sensation and a launching pad for an international empire. Now that Momofuku Noodle Bar is an Outstanding Restaurant nominee, we caught up with the culinary icon—a winner of nearly every Beard Award (and non-Beard Award) out there and one of Time magazine’s 100 Most Influential People—to discuss why he considers himself a “normavore,” the inspiration behind Momofuku’s cult-favorite culinary lab, and the unsung heroes of his business.

 

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JBF: You won the Rising Star Chef award while you were at Momofuku Noodle Bar in 2007, Outstanding Chef in 2013, and now the restaurant itself is up for Outstanding Restaurant this year. Can you tell us anything about Noodle Bar’s evolution during this time?

 

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How to Follow the 2015 Beard Awards

Lyric Opera of Chicago

 

Not joining us at the ceremonies in Chicago or New York this year? Not a problem. It's easy to follow the Beards online.

 

Our Twitter feed will be fired up for tonight's Book, Broadcast & Journalism Awards ceremony at Pier Sixty at Chelsea Piers in New York, as well as for the James Beard Awards Gala at Lyric Opera of Chicago on May 4. Winners will be tweeted as they are announced on stage. As always, you can use hashtag #jbfa to participate in Awards-related tweeting.

 

Also on May 4, we'll be streaming the ceremony live at jamesbeard.org/awards. And make sure to come back to jamesbeard.org/blog for Awards-... Read more >

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Meet the 2015 Visual and Technical Excellence Broadcast Award Nominees

 

These days, anyone with a smartphone can call themselves a food photographer, but fortunately, the skilled eye of a professional can still easily stand out against the crowd. The nominees for this year’s James Beard Award in Visual and Technical Excellence reveal the nuance and subtlety of food imagery, going far beyond the basic concept of “food porn” to convey the intimate details and raw connections we form with what we grow, cook, and eat.

 

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A Chef’s Life
Director: Cynthia Hill
Director of Photography: Rex Miller
Editor: Tom Vickers
 

So much of the common conception of restaurant life is based around major metropolises, but beyond the bright city lights, owning a running a restaurant still presents a daunting task. A Chef’s Life documents the everyday stumbling blocks and... Read more >

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Meet the 2015 Video Webcast, Fixed Location and/or Instructional Broadcast Award Nominees

 

One billion people can’t be wrong. That’s the number of users on YouTube, and a large portion of them are increasingly looking to the web for the kind of food-related content that was previously the purview of television. This year’s nominees for the James Beard Award in Video Webcast, Fixed Location and/or Instructional offer up recipes, techniques, and innovations on cooking and eating, reaching a global audience with just the click of a mouse.
 

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ChefSteps
Host: Grant Lee Crilly and Chris Young
Producer: Richard B. Wallace
 

Go between the layers of laminated dough, perfect your quick pan sauce, or dabble in molecular gastronomy with help from ChefSteps, a series of online videos that break down cooking to its basics. The collaborative effort of chefs, filmmakers, designers,... Read more >

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Meet the 2015 Video Webcast (on Location) Broadcast Award Nominees

 

The nimble eye of online video can take viewers inside the houses of home cooks, into the kitchens of restaurants old and new, and across the world to investigate the flavors of a foreign land. This year’s nominees for the James Beard Award in Video Webcast, on Location capture the meditative calm of home cooking, the meticulous drive of culinary craftsmen, and the enduring allure of kitchens beyond our everyday horizons.

 

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food.curated
Host: Liza de Guia
Producer: Liza de Guia
Food.curated explores the eclectic mix of passionate purveyors that make up our current food scene. Liza de Guia’s fascination with storytelling extends to her subjects, who marry a zeal for the... Read more >

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Interview with JBF Award Nominee Ron Cooper of Del Maguey Single Village Mezcal

 

The revival of mezcal as a celebrated spirit was anything but an overnight success. Ron Cooper, nominated for the Award for Outstanding Wine, Beer, or Spirits professional, has worked tirelessly for the last two decades to bring the traditions of Oaxaca to the global market through his company, Del Maguey Single Village Mezcal. Read on to learn more about Del Maguey’s humble origins, Cooper’s devotion to tradition, and how the dedication to highlighting and supporting the local Mexican distillers has transformed mezcal into the darling of craft bartending. 

 

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JBF: It's written that your work as an artist is what led you to make mezcal. How does your background in art continue to inform your products?

 

Ron Cooper: For everyone at Del Maguey, these Single Village mezcals... Read more >

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Win Two Tickets to the Lexus VIP Experience at the JBFA

Win two tickets to the 2015 James Beard Awards, courtesy of LexusFor the 25th anniversary of the Oscars of food, JBF wanted a venue that suited the occasion. The Lyric Opera of Chicago, home to the second-largest opera auditorium in North America and the largest stage in downtown Chicago, fits the bill beautifully.

 

And for our VIP guests, we wanted to craft an exclusive experience unlike any in the culinary world. Thanks to Lexus, the presenting sponsor of the James Beard Awards, we have.
 

Lyric Opera of Chicago 

Our VIP attendees will begin their night at the Lexus VIP Reception, featuring passed canapés and Champagne. Then they will be... Read more >

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Meet the 2015 Television Segment Broadcast Award Nominees

 

Food stories on the morning or evening news provide a crucial conduit between the culinary world and the larger broadcast audience. This year’s nominees for the James Beard Award in Television Segment serve as curators for the public, highlighting the latest openings, best local offerings, recipes, and national trends.

 

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CBS This Morning’s “The Dish”
Host: Anthony Mason and Vinita Nair
Producers: Brian Applegate, Greg Mirman, and Marci Waldman
Airs on: CBS

 

CBS This Morning’s “The Dish” gets the inside scoop on the food world, featuring wide-ranging coverage of the movers and shakers of the culinary scene, from peeks behind the curtain of producers like Pat LaFrieda Meat Purveyors, to interviews with chefs and cookbook authors sharing tried and true tips and recipes.

 


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Interview with JBF Award Nominee Harlen Wheatley of Buffalo Trace Distillery

 

Harlen Wheatley is an undisputed whiskey authority: at Buffalo Trace Distillery, one of America’s most acclaimed and historic bourbon producers, the man has worked on every aspect of the business, from sourcing raw materials to barrel-aging. We got in touch with the 2015 Outstanding Wine, Beer, or Spirits Professional award nominee to get the scoop on his standard drink order, how his chemistry background has informed his product, and the lowdown on the cult-like Pappy brand. 

 

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JBF: Buffalo Trace is one of the oldest distilleries in the county, having crafted bourbon whiskey for over 200 years and counting. How would you sum up the philosophy of the distillery and your products? 

 

Harlen Wheatley: The philosophy is to honor our legacy while embracing change.  We focus on delivering authentic products that consumers can have confidence in while balancing innovation... Read more >

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