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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Awards Watch: Book Awards Entry Deadline is December 16

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Bitters. Breakfast. Latin grilling. Japanese grilling. These are just some of the subjects you'll find in our growing library of 2012 JBF Book Awards submissions. Have you produced a cookbook or food-related tome that deserves consideration? The deadline for entries is Friday, December 16. Visit awards.jamesbeard.org to create an account and submit yours.

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Awards Watch: New Awards Categories for 2012!

James Beard Awards medallion

The James Beard Foundation Awards are expanding! We're introducing four new categories in 2012: Outstanding Bar Program, Food Coverage in a General Interest Publication, Food Coverage in a Food-Focused Publication, and Visual Storytelling. Click here to learn more.

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