Awards Watch: The 2014 Who's Who of Food & Beverage in America

James Beard Award Medallion

 

The James Beard Foundation is proud to announce the six 2014 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 2014 Who’s Who of Food & Beverage in America inductees are:

 

Food Writer Edward Behr
Edward Behr is the editor and publisher of the quarterly food magazine, The Art of Eating. First published as an eight-page newsletter in 1986, it has grown to become one of the most respected magazines about food and wine.

 

Chef and Restaurateur John Besh
John Besh is a chef and native son dedicated to the culinary riches of southern Louisiana. Besh has nine restaurants including his flagship restaurant, August, which merges... Read more >

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Ted Allen and Mario Batali to Headline the 2014 James Beard Awards

Ted Allen and Mario Batali to Headline the 2014 James Beard Awards

 

For this spring's James Beard Awards gala, an evening that already promises a high concentration of culinary star power, we're handing headlining duties to two industry bigwigs. Chopped host and author Ted Allen has signed on to act as master of ceremonies, while chef, television personality, and culinary empire builder Mario Batali will serve as gala chef chair. The two stars will preside over an evening themed "Sounds of the City,” a celebration of the relationship between music and food, and the many ways in which the culinary community is inspired by music and the artists who create it. The motif will extend into our tasting reception, where chefs from some of America’s beloved musical cities will create dishes inspired by their favorite sounds. This year's gala will be held at Lincoln Center's David H. Koch Theater on Monday, May 5.

 

This year's Book, Broadcast, and Journalism Awards ceremony will take place at... Read more >

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Awards Watch: Meet the 2014 America's Classics

Meet the James Beard Foundation's 2014 America's Classics

 

Today we're excited to announce the recipients of one of our most popular awards: the America's Classics! This honor is given to regional establishments, often family-owned, that are treasured for their quality food, local character, and lasting appeal. Read on to learn more about our 2014 America's Classics. (Read the full press release here.)

 

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Hansen’s Sno Bliz, New Orleans (Owner: Ashley Hansen)

 

Meet the James Beard Foundation's 2014 America's Classics

 

The snow-ball, one of the city’s iconic desserts was practically invented at Hansen’s. Made of shaved-to-order ice, a Hansen’s snow-ball -- which... Read more >

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The 2014 Restaurant and Chef Award Semifinalists

The 2014 James Beard Foundation Awards Restaurant and Chef Award Semifinalists
 

They're here! This morning we announced the semifinalists for our 2014 Restaurant and Chef Award categories, from Outstanding Restaurant to Rising Star Chef of the Year. Our announcement took place in Orlando, one of Florida's burgeoning culinary hubs. We'd like to thank Visit Orlando for making the event possible.

 

Scroll down to see if your favorite restaurant or chef is in the running. (For a refresher on how these names were selected, read this.) And don't forget: we'll announce the final Restaurant and Chef Award nominations, as well as the nominations for our Book, Journalism, Broadcast, and Restaurant Design Awards, at the Publican in Chicago on Tuesday, March 18.

 

The 2014 James Beard... Read more >

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Live from Orlando: The 2014 JBF Award Semifinalists

The 2014 James Beard Foundation Restaurant and Chef Award Semifinalists will be announced on Wednesday, February 19, 2014

 

 

James Beard Award season is upon us, and with it a highly anticipated milestone: the big reveal of our Restaurant and Chef Award semifinalists. And, for the very first time, we’re taking this announcement on the road.

 

On February 19 (that’s this Wednesday!), we’re heading down to Orlando for our first-ever live semifinalist announcement. When planning this inaugural event, we wanted to spotlight a city with an on-the-rise culinary profile, and Orlando fits that bill beautifully. We would like to thank Visit Orlando for hosting our ceremony in this exciting Central Florida food hub.

 

The semifinalist event, taking place at Orlando’s East End Market and starting... Read more >

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Awards Watch: Matt Haley to Receive 2014 Humanitarian of the Year Award

Matt Haley will recieve the 2014 James Beard Award for Humanitarian of the Year award

 

The James Beard Foundation has named Matt Haley, a Delaware-based chef, restaurateur, and global philanthropist, as the recipient of the 2014 James Beard Foundation Humanitarian of the Year award. This esteemed award is given to an individual or organization whose work in the realm of food has improved the lives of others and benefited society at large. Matt Haley will be honored at this year’s James Beard Awards, the culinary industry’s most prestigious recognition program, on Monday, May 5, 2014 at the David H. Koch Theater at Lincoln Center in New York City.

 

Read the full press release here.

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Awards Watch: Sirio Maccioni to Receive 2014 Lifetime Achievement Award

Sirio Maccioni, one of New York City's most iconic restaurateurs, will receive the 2014 James Beard Award for Lifetime Achievement.

 

The James Beard Foundation is pleased to announce that Sirio Maccioni, one of New York City's most iconic restaurateurs, will receive the 2014 James Beard Award for Lifetime Achievement. Owner of the legendary Le Cirque, Maccioni has been a fixture of Manhattan fine dining for nearly 50 years, setting enduring benchmarks for hospitality and launching the careers of some of the city's most celebrated chefs. He will be honored at this year’s James Beard Foundation Awards on Monday, May 5 at New York's Lincoln Center.

 

Read the full press release here.

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Awards Watch: One Week Left to Submit Book Award Entries

Award Watch: One Week Left to Submit Book Award Entries

 

What's that sound, you ask? It's not the pitter-patter of reindeer hooves—it's the sound of JBF staff excitedly flipping through this year's batch of JBF Book Award submissions. More than 150 entries have fallen on our doorstep, including a cookbook dedicated to sprinkles, a guide to Japanese soul food, and a hefty encyclopedia of Champagne.

 

Got a food-focused tome to add to the mix? The deadline for 2014 Book Award submissions is Tuesday, December 17. You can submit entries here. Reacquaint yourself with all of our award categories here.

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2013 JBF Leadership Award Winner Ricardo J. Salvador

 

Ricardo J. Salvador
Director, Food & Environment Program, Union of Concerned Scientists

 

It’s not unusual for Ricardo Salvador, senior scientist and director of the Food and Environment program at the Union of Concerned Scientists (UCS), to log a 16-mile run before arriving at the office. As an ardent marathoner, Salvador’s running philosophy—more long-distance strategy than sprinting—is one that also defines his persistent professional drive. 

 

In his current role at the UCS, a nonprofit organization made up of 400,000 citizens and scientists, pairing technical analysis with advocacy, Salvador works with scientists, economists, and politicians, devoting his laser-sharp focus to remodel the current food system into a more sustainable one.

 

“The food system is a human creation. In theory, it should be possible for us to optimize the system to better meet our needs,” says Salvador, speaking from his office in... Read more >

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2013 JBF Leadership Award Winner Hal Hamilton

 

Hal Hamilton
Founder and Co-Director, Sustainable Food Lab

 

As a dairy farmer, rural community activist, and nonprofit director, Hal Hamilton yearned to bring the notion of sustainability from the shadows to the mainstream; he was especially eager to reach the massive agricultural corporations that dominated food production and distribution. It’s this sentiment that propelled him to found the Sustainable Food Lab, a Vermont-based consortium that spurs market-based solutions for a healthier global food system through a range of summits, events, and trainings, where he has been since 2004.

 

“Hal will never take status quo for the answer,” says Jan KeesVis, a 2011 JBF Leadership Award honoree and the global director of sustainable sourcing at Unilever, who regularly works alongside Hamilton as the current co-chair of the Food Lab’s advisory board. “He’s taught me... Read more >

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