Q & A with JBF Award Nominee Hedy Goldsmith

 

Pastry chef and author Hedy Goldsmith has garnered widespread acclaim for her innovative desserts at Miami’s chic Michael’s Genuine Food & Drink (and, more recently, the Cypress Room). We got in touch with the repeat Outstanding Pastry Chef award nominee to learn about her go-to cookbooks, her favorite places to eat in Miami and beyond, and her ultimate comfort food.

 

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JBF: We’ve read that you went to art school—what brought you from the world of fine arts into the culinary arts?

 

HG: Art school prepared me to become a more creative pastry chef. A blank canvas or blank dessert plate calls for the same creativity.

 

JBF: What is your current favorite item on the menu at Michael’s Genuine Food & Drink?

 

HG: It’s hard to single out a favorite because the menu often changes from week... Read more >

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Q & A with JBF Award Nominee Thomas McNaughton

JBF senior editor Anna Mowry interviews JBF Award nominee Thomas McNaughton

 

Thomas McNaughton’s universe has expanded considerably since we last spoke with him: he and his team have added Central Kitchen and Salumeria to their San Francisco restaurant family, and he’s also started working on a cookbook that’s based on his first venture, flour + water. Below, the three-time finalist for our Rising Star Chef of the Year award brings us up to speed on the state of Central Kitchen, tells us what we can expect to see in his book, and shares his expert advice on making pasta at home. 

 

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JBF: When we interviewed you last year,... Read more >

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The Complete JBF Award Nominees

The 2013 James Beard Award nominations

 

Late to this morning's announcement of the Beard Award nominations? No problem: we've got the full list right here.

 

Don't forget: the Book, Broadcast, and Journalism Awards dinner will be on Friday, May 3, while the Design and the Restaurant and Chef Awards will be revealed on Monday, May 6. Details about those events are here. Hope to see you there!

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Awards Watch: The 2013 Who's Who of Food & Beverage in America

Introducing the James Beard Foundation's 2013 Who's Who

 

The James Beard Foundation is proud to announce the six 2013 inductees to the Who’s Who of Food & Beverage in America. This prestigious award is given to renowned culinary professionals who have made a significant and unique contribution to the American food and beverage industry. We'll be honoring the new class at our Awards ceremony at Lincoln Center in May.

 

The 2013 Who’s Who of Food & Beverage inductees are:

 

New York Times journalist Eric Asimov

Editor Dorothy Kalins

Chef and Restaurateur Barbara Lynch

Chef and Restaurateur Zarela Martinez

Chef and Restaurateur Michael Mina

Pastry Chef and Author Bill Yosses

 

Read the full press release.

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Awards Watch: Next Week's Nominee Announcement

 

Let’s see: we’ve revealed the 2013 semifinalists, shared our latest batch of America’s Classics, and announced who’s hosting the ceremonies at Lincoln Center and Gotham Hall. What could be left to tell about this year’s James Beard Awards? Ah, yes: the final nominees!

 

To continue our annual tradition of unveiling the nominees in a vibrant food city, we’re bringing the Beard Awards show to Charleston on Monday, March 18. The announcement will take place at Lowndes Grove Plantation, and will begin at 11:30 AM... Read more >

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Awards Watch: Theme and Hosts Announced

The 2013 James Beard Awards

 

The Awards news just keeps on coming. Today we're excited to announce the theme of the 2013 Beard Awards: Lights! Camera! Taste! Spotlight on Food & Film. In homage to the role that food has played on the silver screen, we'll be highlighting iconic culinary scenes in cinema throughout our Awards festivities. We've also asked the chefs who are cooking at this year's reception to create dishes inspired by a favorite food moment in a movie.  

 

In hosting news, we've tapped Ted Allen to emcee the Book, Broadcast & Journalism Awards Dinner on Friday, May 3; award–winning actor Stanley Tucci will assume hosting duties at our Lincoln Center gala on Monday, May 6.

 

Read the full press release.

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Dining by Design: Exploring an Often Unsung Ingredient in a Memorable Meal

San Francisco's Bar Agricole, designed by Joshua Aidlin and David Darling

For more information on the James Beard Foundation's Dining+Design series of conversations between chefs and architects at The New School and a complete schedule, click here.

 

Edison lightbulbs. Communal tables. Open kitchens. Restaurant design trends come and go, but in the 15 years since the James Beard Foundation began recognizing outstanding restaurant design, ambience has become an essential element of the dining experience.

 

Reflect upon your favorite meal of the past year: whether it involved impeccable flatware, plush upholstery, perfectly balanced acoustics, or regional authenticity, the design and overall ambience are likely to have played a starring, albeit subtle, role in the memory.

 

The heightened role of design within... Read more >

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America's Classic Update: Charlie's Sandwich Shoppe

Boston's Charlie's Sandwich Shoppe, a James Beard Foundation America's Classic

 

For more than 15 years, the James Beard Foundation has honored some of the country’s most beloved regional restaurants with its America’s Classic Award. These establishments, often family-owned, are treasured for their quality food, local character, and lasting appeal.

 

To coincide with our announcement of the 2013 inductees, we’re unlocking the America’s Classics vault and checking in on some past winners. Today's update: Boston's Charlie's Sandwich Shoppe, which received the award in 2005.

 

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Since Charlie’s Sandwich Shoppe opened more than 80 years ago, a member (or four) of the Manjourides family has manned its counter. The restaurant still proudly owns a secondhand icebox from 1927, and the same historical memorabilia lingers on its walls. As co-owner Arthur... Read more >

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Awards Watch: Introducing the 2013 America's Classics

The James Beard Foundation's 2013 America's Classics

 

There's a lot to to be excited about during JBF Awards season, but we're always especially pleased to announce our newest batch of America's Classics. This award is given to regional establishments, often family-owned, that are treasured for their quality food, local character, and lasting appeal. Without further ado, meet the 2013 inductees.

 

(Read the full press release here.)

 

 

C.F. Folks, Washington, D.C. (Owner: Art Carlson)

 

Art Carlson's weekday-only lunch haunt on Dupont Circle, open since 1981, is a 600-square-foot temple of honest cooking and good will. (The name combines the initials of Carlson and his business partner, Peggy Fredricksen.) The vibe is is loud and scrappy, and the food is delicious. Art Carlson, the ever-present host, is one of the... Read more >

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Awards Watch: Changes to Restaurant Design Awards

 

The Restaurant Design categories of the James Beard Foundation Awards recognize design as an integral and essential element of the dining experience. During the last 15 years, a number of trend-setting and now iconic restaurants have received the Beard Foundation’s Restaurant Design Award, ranging from the highest fine-dining establishments to more casual spaces. Consistent among both winners and finalists is the mission of fully integrating design and cuisine. In recognition of the growing diversity of restaurant types, this year the Foundation will now name two winners for restaurant design: one for restaurants with 75 seats or under, and one for those with 76 or more seats.

 

“The Restaurant Design Award acknowledges the growing importance of good design in all types of dining establishments,” said Brooke Hodge, director of exhibitions and publications at Los Angeles’s Hammer Museum and chair of the James Beard Foundation’s Restaurant Design Committee. “These two new awards will allow us to recognize and reward a broader range of design talent.” Architecture, interior design, graphic design,... Read more >

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