Awards Watch: Cecilia Chiang to Receive 2013 Lifetime Achievement Award

 

The James Beard Foundation will honor restaurateur and author Cecilia Chiang with its 2013 Lifetime Achievement Award. As the proprietor of San Francisco's famed Mandarin restaurant, which closed in 2006, Chiang introduced American diners to authentic Mandarin cuisine.

 

“The Lifetime Achievement Award recognizes those who have truly revolutionized the way Americans think about food,” says JBF president Susan Ungaro. "Cecilia elevated Chinese cuisine far beyond the takeout box. She completely embodies the spirit of this award.”

 

The Mandarin enjoyed a loyal clientele, which included Jackie Onassis, Wolfgang Puck, and James Beard. Chiang has also penned two memoirs, The Mandarin Way and The Seventh Daughter.

 

Read the full press release.

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Three Weeks Left to Submit Entries for the 2013 James Beard Book Awards

2013 James Beard Book Award entries

 

Resuming the old grind after a long weekend is never fun, but our adjustment was easier than most: we got to come back to ceiling-high stacks of absorbing food books.

 

We've been receiving entries for the 2013 James Beard Book Awards for several weeks now, and with almost 150 titles already on the shelves, we're all guilty of abandoning our to-do lists for some browsing. When we can thumb through a cookbook devoted entirely to cookie dough, an encyclopedic guide to sherry, or a history of Japanese coffee culture, can you really blame us?

 

The deadline for 2013 Book Award submissions is December 17. You can submit entries here. Reacquaint yourself with all of our award categories here.

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JBF Leadership Award Winner Wendell Berry

 

To share some of last week's inspiring JBF Leadership Awards ceremony with you, we've been posting videos of all our 2012 honorees as they accept their awards, as well as their contributions to our third annual JBF Food Conference. Today we present Wendell Berry (farmer, poet, and author, 
Lanes Landing Farm), whose acceptance speech—and introductions by JBF board of trustees chair Emily Luchetti and White House chef and senior policy advisor Sam Kass—is shown in the video above. In the video below, you'll find his talk at the conference: "A Fifty-Year Farm Bill."

 

 

For more information about JBF Leadership Award winner Wendell Berry, read his full profile. For more... Read more >

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JBF Leadership Award Winner Tensie Whelan

 

To fill you in on last week's inspiring JBF Leadership Awards ceremony, we've been sharing videos of all our 2012 honorees as they accept their awards, as well as their contributions to our third annual JBF Food Conference. Today we have: Tensie Whelan (President, Rainforest Alliance) whose acceptance speech—and introduction by 2011 JBF Leadership Award winner Craig Watson—is shown in the video above. In the video below, you'll find her panel at the conference: "Certifying Trust."

 

 

For more information about JBF Leadership Award winner Tensie Whelan, check out her full profile. For more archived footage of the... Read more >

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JBF Leadership Award Winner Kathleen Merrigan

 

Following last week's inspiring JBF Leadership Awards ceremony, we're sharing videos of all our 2012 honorees as they accept their awards and talk about the causes they champion. Today we present: Dr. Kathleen Merrigan (Deputy Secretary of Agriculture, U.S. Department of Agriculture), whose acceptance speech—and introduction by 2011 JBF Leadership Award winner Debra Eschmeyer—is shown in the video above.

 

For more information about JBF Leadership Award winner Kathleen Merrigan, read her full profile.

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JBF Leadership Award Winner Malik Yakini

 

Following last week's JBF Leadership Awards ceremony, we're sharing videos of all our inspiring 2012 honorees making their acceptance speeches, as well as their contributions to our third annual JBF Food Conference. Today we present: Malik Yakini (Executive Director, Detroit Black Community Food Security Network), whose acceptance speech—and introduction by 2011 JBF Leadership Award winner Will Allen—is shown in the video above. In the video below, you'll find his talk at the conference: "Big Ideas from the Ground Up."

 

 

For more information about JBF Leadership Award winner Malik Yakini, check out his full profile... Read more >

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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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