Q & A with JBF Award Nominee Garrett Oliver

Elena North-Kelly interviews Garrett Oliver (photo by Michael Harlan Turkell)

 

As brewmaster of the Brooklyn Brewery, author of The Brewmaster’s Table, and editor-in-chief of The Oxford Companion to Beer, Garrett Oliver is an undisputed authority on America’s favorite alcoholic beverage. We got in touch with the 2013 Outstanding Wine, Beer, or Spirits Professional award nominee to find out about what chefs and brewers have in common, the restaurant with the best beer selection in New York City, and the wildest brew he’s ever concocted.

 

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JBF: What is your favorite beer from Brooklyn Brewery’s current collection?... Read more >

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Q & A with JBF Award Nominee Brooks Headley

Brooks Headley (photo by Glen E. Friedman)

 

When former punk rocker Brooks Headley took over the pastry department at New York City’s four-star Del Posto, it didn’t take long for his playful spirit to seep through the menu. We caught up with the Outstanding Pastry Chef award nominee to learn about his “buzzed Italian grandma” cookbook, the Del Posto dessert that was inspired by a Looney Tunes episode, and the childhood food memory that still haunts him.

 

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JBF: You were a drummer for many years before you were a chef. Do you like to listen to music while you’re in the kitchen?

 

BH: I still occasionally play drums in a crummy... Read more >

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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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