Order 2012 JBF Award–Nominated Books from our Amazon Store

The James Beard Foundation Amazon store

 

Calling all cookbook fiends! You can now purchase 2012 JBF Award-nominated books from our Amazon store. How is this different from regular old Amazon, you ask? A percentage of each purchase made through the our store, whether it's a book or something completely unrelated to food, will be donated to JBF. So start browsing! You know you can squeeze a few more titles on those bookshelves.

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Q & A with Dave Beran of Next

JBF senior editor Anna Mowry interviews with JBF Award nominee Dave Beran of Next

 

Among Chicago’s strong showing in the JBF Award nominations, Grant Achatz’s massively popular Next boasts two nods: the restaurant itself is up for Best New Restaurant, while its executive chef, Alinea alum Dave Beran, is nominated for our Rising Star Chef of the Year award. We chatted with chef Beran about Next’s future, inspirational cookbooks, and his favorite meal of the past year. 

 

JBF: We’ve heard that there are Sicily and Kyoto menus in the pipeline for Next. Have you guys done any brainstorming about other periods in history or cuisines that you’d like the tackle this year or beyond?

 

DB: So far those are the only historical menus planned for 2012. I’ve been interested in a menu pertaining to pre- and post-Imperialist India—sort of a compare and contrast thing. There... Read more >

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For Another Taste of the Beard Awards, Buy Our Book!

The James Beard Foundation's Best of the Best

 

Now that we've announced our JBF Award nominations, it's going to be a long wait before we all find out who takes home medals on May 4 and 7. In the meantime, get your fill of Awards action by ordering a copy of our new book, The James Beard Foundation's Best of the Best, which features delicious recipes from every winner of our Outstanding Chef Award, from Wolfgang Puck to Tom Colicchio. (For those of you who are keeping track, there wasn't enough time to produce a chapter about our 2011 winner, José Andrés, between last year's ceremony and press time, but we're putting one together that will be published here.) If you order a copy from... Read more >

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Save the Date: 2012 JBF Food Conference and Leadership Awards

The James Beard Foundation Food Conference

 

On October 17 and 18, 2012, please join us for our annual JBF Food Conference and Leadership Awards at the Hearst Tower in New York City. To receive updates and registration information, please send us a note at: foodconference@jamesbeard.org.

 

JBF Food Conference:
Topic: A Crisis in Confidence: Creating a Better, More Sustainable Food World We Can Trust
October 17 and 18, 2012
 

As we converse about our food system, an underlying theme of trust emerges. So much effort on a global scale goes into ensuring that healthy, wholesome, and nutritious food gets to as many people as possible, but all it takes is an E. Coli outbreak or an environmental accident to chip away at consumer faith. What’s more, where people place their trust—in large corporations, in small, local producers, in third-party certification, in government regulation, in scientific research—is... Read more >

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Awards Watch: 2012 America’s Classics Award Honorees Announced

The James Beard Foundation Awards

Today we’re proud to announce the the newest class of America’s Classics inductees, which are listed below. You can read more about them here.

The Fry Bread House (4140 North 7th Avenue, Phoenix, Owner: Cecelia Miller)

Nora’s Fish Creek Inn (5600 West Highway 22, Wilson, WY, Owners: Nora Tygum, Trace Tygum, and Kathryn Tygum Taylor)

St. Elmo Steak House (127 South Illinois St., Indianapolis, Owners: Stephen Huse and Craig Huse)

Jones Bar-B-Q Diner (219 West Louisiana St., Marianna, AR, Owners: James and Betty Jones)

Shady Glen (840 East Middle Turnpike, Manchester, CT, Owners: William and Annette Hoch)

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Awards Watch: Nominations Revealed Today!

 

It's a big day for JBF! In addition to debuting our new look here at jamesbeard.org, we're also revealing nominations for the 2012 James Beard Awards. That means that there are only a few hours left before you find out who will be getting nods for our various Restaurant and Chef; Book; Broadcast Media; Journalism; and Restaurant Design and Graphics awards. If you need a refresher on who made our long list of semifinalists, you can see the full list here.

 

We have a tradition of announcing the nominations in a different major city every year. This year JBF's top brass has assembled in Las Vegas, where they will begin announcing the nominations at the Venetian/the Palazzo at 11:00 PST/2:00 EST. If you want to watch the fun in Sin City, head over to Eater's National edition for a live feed. We will also be revealing the nominations in real time on ... Read more >

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Awards Watch: Alton Brown to Host the 2012 JBF Awards

Alton Brown at the 2010 James Beard Awards ceremony

Award-winning television personality and author Alton Brown will host the 2012 James Beard Awards, which will take place on May 7 at Lincoln Center's Avery Fisher Hall in New York City. Brown, who co-hosted the 2010 Awards with Lidia Bastianich and Wolfgang Puck, is best known as the host of the popular Food Network show, Good Eats, which aired its final episode last month. The theme of the 2012 Awards is "25 Years of Food at its Best," marking the Foundation's silver anniversary. Chefs who have been invited to cook at the reception will prepare dishes inspired by recipes from James Beard's classic cookbooks. See the full release here.

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Awards Watch: Charlie Trotter Named Humanitarian of the Year

Charlie Trotter

We are pleased to announce that Charlie Trotter, a legendary chef and generous philanthropist, will receive our 2012 Humanitarian of the Year award. Since he established the Charlie Trotter Culinary Education Foundation in 1999, Trotter has worked hard to encourage and support the pursuit of culinary education among Chicago-area students. Read the full press release.

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Awards Watch: Wolfgang Puck to Receive 2012 Lifetime Achievement Award



The James Beard Foundation has named Wolfgang Puck as the recipient of its 2012 Lifetime Achievement Award. An accomplished chef and restaurateur, Puck has made an indelible mark on American cuisine and continues to set an example of excellence for generations of chefs. (Fun fact: he is the only chef to win our award for Outstanding Chef twice.) Read the full press release here.

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Awards Watch: Deadline for Journalism, Broadcast and New Media, and Restaurant Design and Graphics Entries Approaches!

James Beard Awards medallion

Submissions to be considered for 2012 Journalism; Broadcast and New Media; and Restaurant Design and Graphics Awards are due this Friday, January 6. (Count 'em: that's less than four days left!) To see the various award categories and requirements for entering, please visit the JBF Awards microsite.

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