JBF Leadership Award Winner Jason Clay

 

Last week was a big week: we held our second annual JBF Leadership Awards and our third annual JBF Food Conference. The 2012 JBF Leadership Awards honored five visionaries for their outstanding contributions to creating a healthier, safer, and more sustainable food world—and we were fortunate to have each winner participate in our conference. It was an inspiring and thought-provoking two days, and we'd like to share some of the action with you. Over the next several days, we'll share videos of all the JBF Leadership Award winners making their acceptance speeches, as well as their contributions to the conference.

 

First up: Dr. Jason Clay (Senior Vice President, Market Transformation, World Wildlife Fund), whose acceptance speech—and introduction by JBF Award Winner John Besh—is shown in the video above. In the video below, you'll find his conversation with journalist Frederick Kaufman, "Food and Technology, or That Organic, Free-Range Chicken Was... Read more >

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Awards Watch: Calling All Entries!

The James Beard Awards silver medallion

 

Given that our Twitter feed last week was dominated by happenings at our food conference, this speck of Awards news may have fallen through the cracks: JBF is now accepting entries for the 2013 James Beard Awards!

 

Entries for Book; Broadcast and New Media; Journalism; and Restaurant Design nominations can be submitted here. Entries for Restaurant and Chef nominations have a separate portal, which is here. Please note that you may submit two entries for each subcategory of the Restaurant and Chef Awards.

 

In order to send us submissions, you must fill out a brief and simple (promise!) online registration form. Thanks for playing, and mark your calendars for... Read more >

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Meet JBF Leadership Award Winner Wendell Berry

Wendell Berry (photo by Pam Spaulding)

 

The 2012 James Beard Foundation Leadership Awards are just one day away! In our final countdown to tomorrow's festivities, we're introducing you to each of the five visionaries being honored for their outstanding contributions to creating a healthier, safer, and more sustainable food world. We've already filled you in on Dr. Kathleen Merrigan, Dr. Jason Clay, Tensie Whelan, and Malik Yakini—and today, we'd like you to meet:

 

Wendell Berry
Farmer, Poet, and... Read more >

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Meet JBF Leadership Award Winner Malik Yakini

Malik Yakini

 

In our final countdown to Wednesday's 2012 James Beard Foundation Leadership Awards, we're introducing you to each of the five visionaries being honored for their outstanding contributions to creating a healthier, safer, and more sustainable food world. We've already filled you in on Dr. Kathleen Merrigan, Dr. Jason Clay, and Tensie Whelan—and today, we'd like you to meet:

 

Malik Yakini
Executive Director, Detroit Black Community Food Security Network

 

When Malik Yakini describes the bumper crop of organic tomatoes, kale, and salad greens that he... Read more >

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Meet JBF Leadership Award Winner Tensie Whelan

Tensie Whelan

 

Our 2012 James Beard Foundation Leadership Awards are less than one week away! Leading up to the big event, we're introducing you to each of the five visionaries being honored for their outstanding contributions to creating a healthier, safer, and more sustainable food world. We've already filled you in on Dr. Kathleen Merrigan and Dr. Jason Clay—and today, we'd like you to meet:

 

Tensie Whelan
President, Rainforest Alliance

 

As president of Rainforest Alliance, Tensie Whelan wears many hats: she works closely with the heads of some of the world’s biggest food companies to encourage them to shift to more sustainable, eco-friendly... Read more >

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Meet JBF Leadership Award Winner Dr. Jason Clay

Dr. Jason Clay

 

Our 2012 James Beard Foundation Leadership Awards will be held at New York City's iconic Hearst Tower one week from tomorrow! As promised, we're introducing you to each of the five visionaries being honored for their outstanding contributions to creating a healthier, safer, and more sustainable food world. Last week we filled you in on Dr. Kathleen Merrigan's inspiring work—and today, we'd like you to meet:

 

Dr. Jason W. Clay
Senior Vice President, Market Transformation, World Wildlife Fund (WWF)

 

How much water does it take to make one latte? A WWF short social-media video, conceived by Jason Clay, poses this trick question. The disturbing... Read more >

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Meet JBF Leadership Award Winner Dr. Kathleen Merrigan

Dr. Kathleen Merrigan

 

Our 2012 James Beard Foundation Leadership Awards are just around the corner! On October 17 we’ll gather at New York City’s iconic Hearst Tower to recognize these five visionaries for their outstanding contributions to creating a healthier, safer, and more sustainable food world:

 

Wendell Berry
Farmer, Poet, and Author, Lanes Landing Farm

 

Dr. Jason Clay
Senior Vice President, Market Transformation, World Wildlife Fund

 

Dr. Kathleen Merrigan
Deputy Secretary of Agriculture, U.S. Department of Agriculture

 

Tensie Whelan
President, Rainforest Alliance... Read more >

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Awards Watch: Date and City Set for 2013 Nominee Announcement

 

Before everyone scurries off for summer's last hurrah, we have a bit of news: the 2013 James Beard Awards nominee announcement has been scheduled for March 13 in the great city of Charleston! What's more, our friends at the BB&T Charleston Wine + Food Festival® and the Charleston Area Convention and Visitors Bureau will be hosting a Friends of James Beard Benefit fundraiser at Fort Moultrie in nearby Sullivan's Island, and you can bet that many of Charleston's finest chefs will be there. The announcement of nominees will also be streamed live exclusively at Eater.com. Read the full press release about the 2013 nominee announcement and the fundraiser here.

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JBF Names 2012 Leadership Award Recipients

 

Today JBF revealed its 2012 crop of Leadership Award recipients. These individuals, whose work focuses on creating a more healthful, sustainable, and safe food world, will be honored at our third annual food conference this October. Read up on the recipients below, then read the full press release here.

 

Wendell Berry, Author, Bringing it to the Table
For the brilliant insight he has brought to America's agrarian movement for more than six decades.

 

Dr. Jason Clay, Senior Vice President Market Transformation, World Wildlife Fund (WWF)
For his efforts to study and address the global social, environmental, and economic impact of a variety of commodities, and his cross-... Read more >

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Awards Watch: Changes to Restaurant and Chef Award Categories

 

We've made some changes to our Restaurant and Chef Award categories! Nevada has joined California and Hawaii in a new category called Best Chef: West, while chefs and restaurants in the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico will now be eligible for a Best Chef: South medallion.

 

Read the full press release here.

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