Meet the 2015 Visual and Technical Excellence Broadcast Award Nominees

 

These days, anyone with a smartphone can call themselves a food photographer, but fortunately, the skilled eye of a professional can still easily stand out against the crowd. The nominees for this year’s James Beard Award in Visual and Technical Excellence reveal the nuance and subtlety of food imagery, going far beyond the basic concept of “food porn” to convey the intimate details and raw connections we form with what we grow, cook, and eat.

 

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A Chef’s Life
Director: Cynthia Hill
Director of Photography: Rex Miller
Editor: Tom Vickers
 

So much of the common conception of restaurant life is based around major metropolises, but beyond the bright city lights, owning a running a restaurant still presents a daunting task. A Chef’s Life documents the everyday stumbling blocks and... Read more >

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Meet the 2015 Video Webcast, Fixed Location and/or Instructional Broadcast Award Nominees

 

One billion people can’t be wrong. That’s the number of users on YouTube, and a large portion of them are increasingly looking to the web for the kind of food-related content that was previously the purview of television. This year’s nominees for the James Beard Award in Video Webcast, Fixed Location and/or Instructional offer up recipes, techniques, and innovations on cooking and eating, reaching a global audience with just the click of a mouse.
 

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ChefSteps
Host: Grant Lee Crilly and Chris Young
Producer: Richard B. Wallace
 

Go between the layers of laminated dough, perfect your quick pan sauce, or dabble in molecular gastronomy with help from ChefSteps, a series of online videos that break down cooking to its basics. The collaborative effort of chefs, filmmakers, designers,... Read more >

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Meet the 2015 Video Webcast (on Location) Broadcast Award Nominees

 

The nimble eye of online video can take viewers inside the houses of home cooks, into the kitchens of restaurants old and new, and across the world to investigate the flavors of a foreign land. This year’s nominees for the James Beard Award in Video Webcast, on Location capture the meditative calm of home cooking, the meticulous drive of culinary craftsmen, and the enduring allure of kitchens beyond our everyday horizons.

 

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food.curated
Host: Liza de Guia
Producer: Liza de Guia
Food.curated explores the eclectic mix of passionate purveyors that make up our current food scene. Liza de Guia’s fascination with storytelling extends to her subjects, who marry a zeal for the... Read more >

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Interview with JBF Award Nominee Ron Cooper of Del Maguey Single Village Mezcal

 

The revival of mezcal as a celebrated spirit was anything but an overnight success. Ron Cooper, nominated for the Award for Outstanding Wine, Beer, or Spirits professional, has worked tirelessly for the last two decades to bring the traditions of Oaxaca to the global market through his company, Del Maguey Single Village Mezcal. Read on to learn more about Del Maguey’s humble origins, Cooper’s devotion to tradition, and how the dedication to highlighting and supporting the local Mexican distillers has transformed mezcal into the darling of craft bartending. 

 

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JBF: It's written that your work as an artist is what led you to make mezcal. How does your background in art continue to inform your products?

 

Ron Cooper: For everyone at Del Maguey, these Single Village mezcals... Read more >

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Win Two Tickets to the Lexus VIP Experience at the JBFA

The James Beard Awards presented by Lexus

For the 25th anniversary of the Oscars of food, JBF wanted a venue that suited the occasion. The Lyric Opera of Chicago, home to the second-largest opera auditorium in North America and the largest stage in downtown Chicago, fits the bill beautifully.

 

And for our VIP guests, we wanted to craft an exclusive experience unlike any in the culinary world. Thanks to Lexus, the presenting sponsor of the James Beard Awards, we have.
 


Lyric Opera of Chicago 

 

Our VIP attendees will begin their night at the Lexus VIP Reception, featuring passed canapés and Champagne. Then they will be seated at the front of the Lyric Opera balcony, where they will enjoy prime views of our star-... Read more >

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Meet the 2015 Television Segment Broadcast Award Nominees

 

Food stories on the morning or evening news provide a crucial conduit between the culinary world and the larger broadcast audience. This year’s nominees for the James Beard Award in Television Segment serve as curators for the public, highlighting the latest openings, best local offerings, recipes, and national trends.

 

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CBS This Morning’s “The Dish”
Host: Anthony Mason and Vinita Nair
Producers: Brian Applegate, Greg Mirman, and Marci Waldman
Airs on: CBS

 

CBS This Morning’s “The Dish” gets the inside scoop on the food world, featuring wide-ranging coverage of the movers and shakers of the culinary scene, from peeks behind the curtain of producers like Pat LaFrieda Meat Purveyors, to interviews with chefs and cookbook authors sharing tried and true tips and recipes.

 


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Interview with JBF Award Nominee Harlen Wheatley of Buffalo Trace Distillery

 

Harlen Wheatley is an undisputed whiskey authority: at Buffalo Trace Distillery, one of America’s most acclaimed and historic bourbon producers, the man has worked on every aspect of the business, from sourcing raw materials to barrel-aging. We got in touch with the 2015 Outstanding Wine, Beer, or Spirits Professional award nominee to get the scoop on his standard drink order, how his chemistry background has informed his product, and the lowdown on the cult-like Pappy brand. 

 

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JBF: Buffalo Trace is one of the oldest distilleries in the county, having crafted bourbon whiskey for over 200 years and counting. How would you sum up the philosophy of the distillery and your products? 

 

Harlen Wheatley: The philosophy is to honor our legacy while embracing change.  We focus on delivering authentic products that consumers can have confidence in while balancing innovation... Read more >

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Meet the 2015 Television Program (on Location) Broadcast Award Nominees

 

Television allows viewers to travel across broad expanses, within cultural confines, or even inside of the mind of complete strangers. The nominees for the James Beard Award in Television Program, on Location use food as a medium to test the boundaries of human experience, from the cuisines of far-flung exotic locales to the ins and outs of a chef’s daily life, to normally unspoken motivations and influences that drive today’s top toques.

 

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Bizarre Foods
Host: Andrew Zimmern
Producers: Colleen Needles Steward, Shannon Keenan Demers, Andrew Zimmern, David Barksy, Tammy Bloom, Patrick Weiland, and Tye Schulke
Airs on: Travel Channel

 

Is there anything JBF Award winner Andrew Zimmern won’t eat? For fourteen seasons his chronically curious palate has roamed the globe, introducing viewers to cultures both exotic and close to home... Read more >

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Interview with JBF Award Nominee Sam Calagione of Dogfish Head Craft Brewery

 

 

Craft beers have never been hotter, but despite all the up-and-coming brewing bon vivants, the veteran Dogfish Head Craft Brewery continues to draw in hopheads with its quirky and innovative small-batch beers. This is due in no small part to the drive and creativity of Sam Calagione, founder and president of Dogfish Head and two-time nominee for JBF's Outstanding Wine, Beer, or Spirits Professional award. We sat down with Calagione to pick his brain on the latest trends in the brewing scene, his recommendations for Chicago suds, and more.

 

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JBF: When you were first nominated, you named Sixty-One as your favorite of Dogfish Head’s beers. Does it still hold that title, or do you have a new favorite?

 

Sam Calagione: I am still enjoying the heck out of Sixty-One, our Syrah grape–infused IPA, but now that the weather is warming up, I’m having a lot more of Namaste, which is our wheat beer brewed... Read more >

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Sponsored Post: Win Tickets to the Rioja Wine & Tapas Festival on May 2

Take Home a Rioja Cellar Contest

 

You already know about the fabulous chefs, wines, and bites at the upcoming Rioja Wine & Tapas Festival, conveniently going down at Chicago’s Union Station on Saturday, May 2, just two days before the Beard Awards festivities. Now we're giving you a chance to attend for free, with VIP status to boot. 

 

Our friends at the Rioja Wine & Tapas Festival are generously giving away two VIP tickets to this not-to-miss event. This privileged entrée will give you access to exclusive VIP areas, as well as the opportunity to sip more than 100 vibrant Rioja wines from 40+ wineries, meet top Rioja winemakers, attend expert-led seminars, and taste delicious tapas from nearly 30 chefs of national renown. Plus, you'll be automatically entered into the "Take Home a Rioja Cellar" contest. The winner will take... Read more >

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