Awards Watch: The 2015 Who's Who of Food & Beverage in America

The 2015 Who's Who of Food & Beverage in America

The James Beard Foundation is proud to announce the five 2015 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 inductees at the James Beard Awards ceremony at Lyric Opera of Chicago on Monday, May 4.

 

The 2015 Who’s Who of Food & Beverage in America inductees are:

 

Allan Benton, Pork Producer and Purveyor

The owner of Benton’s Smoky Mountain Country Hams, Allan Benton has been described by Saveur magazine as "one of the most... Read more >

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Alton Brown and Carla Hall to Host 2015 Awards

Alton Brown will host the James Beard Awards in Chicago

 

The 2015 James Beard Awards, an event that already guarantees plenty of culinary star power, just got more exciting. We're thrilled to announce that Food Network personality Alton Brown will host this spring's James Beard Awards ceremony in Chicago, taking place at Lyric Opera of Chicago on Monday, May 4. The former star of the Peabody Award–winning Good Eats, Brown has lent his talents to a number of other Food Network shows, including Iron Chef America, Feasting on Asphalt, Feasting on Waves, The Next Iron Chef, The Next Food Network Star, and Cutthroat Kitchen.

 

 

 

Carla Hall will host the James Beard Foundation's 2015 Book, Broadcast, and Journalism Awards Dinner

 

Carla Hall, host of ABC's The Chew... Read more >

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Awards Watch: Meet the 2015 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 2015 America's Classics. These awards will be bestowed at the James Beard Awards Gala at Lyric Opera of Chicago on Monday, May 4.  

 

Read the full press release here.

 

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Archie’s Waeside, Le Mars, IA (Owner: Robert Rand)

 

Set in what was once a roadhouse bar, Archie’s is a citadel of American beef cookery. Seated in a commodious booth, in a dining room accented with Christmas tchotchkes, regulars drink perfect Manhattans, snack on handmade onion rings and well-curated relish... Read more >

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The 2015 Restaurant and Chef Award Semifinalists

The 2015 James Beard Foundation Restaurant and Chef Award Semifinalists

They're here! Below are the semifinalists for our 2015 Restaurant and Chef Award categories, from Outstanding Restaurant to Rising Star Chef of the Year.

 

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 nominees, as well as the nominations for our Book, Journalism, Broadcast Media, and Restaurant Design Awards, at the James Beard House in New York City on Tuesday, March 24.

 

The 2015 James Beard Awards gala will be held at the Lyric Opera of Chicago on Monday, May 4. The Foundation's Book, Broadcast & Journalism Awards Dinner will take place at Pier Sixty at Chelsea Piers in New York City on Friday, April 24.

 

RESTAURANT & CHEF

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One Week Away: The 2015 Semifinalist Announcement

The James Beard Awards | 25 Years

It’s a historic year for the James Beard Awards: we’re celebrating the program's 25th anniversary, and, for the first time ever, the Awards gala will be held in the city of Chicago. The Windy City has a rich history with the Foundation, boasting over 40 James Beard Award winners, including four Outstanding Chef medalists. We’re thrilled to honor the best of the culinary industry in this world-class destination. (Our Book, Broadcast & Journalism Awards Dinner will remain in New York City.)

 

The first milestone of JBFA season arrives next week. On the morning of Wednesday, February 18, we'll post the complete Restaurant and Chef Award semifinalist list right here on the JBF blog. This list will include our ten regional "Best Chef" awards, as well as national honors like Outstanding Restaurant, Rising Star Chef of the Year, and our brand new Outstanding Baker award.

 

Where do the... Read more >

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Richard Melman to Receive Lifetime Achievement Award; Michel Nischan is Humanitarian of the Year

 

Chicago restaurateur will recieve the 2015 James Beard Lifetime Achievement Award

 

 

Two big announcements from the JBFA team today: we've selected our 2015 Lifetime Achievement and Humanitarian of the Year honorees.

 

Accomplished Chicago restaurateur Richard Melman will receive this year's Lifetime Achievement award. As founder and chairman of Lettuce Entertain You Enterprises, Melman oversees more than 100 restaurants nationwide, and has mentored countless chefs and culinary professionals. He is a highly admired leader within Chicago and across the country, with business practices and a personal philosophy that have served as invaluable models to others in the industry.

 

 

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Awards Watch: Design Entries Due January 31

 

Calling all designers and architects: we're in the final weeks of our entry period for the 2015 James Beard Restaurant Design Awards. From now through Saturday, January 31, we're accepting submissions for two categories: Outstanding Restaurant Design: 75 Seats and Under; and Outstanding Restaurant Design: 76 Seats and Over. Any restaurant or design project that was completed or redone in North America after January 1, 2012 is eligible.

 

If you want to enter your restaurant for consideration, you can register and submit entries at awards.jamesbeard.org. Details about criteria and more can be found ... Read more >

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Awards Watch: Debra Eschmeyer to Replace Sam Kass at the White House

 

Last week brought us some exciting news about 2011 JBF Leadership Award winner Debra Eschmeyer: the FoodCorps co-founder will replace Sam Kass at the White House, taking over his positions as executive director of Michelle Obama's Let's Move! initiative and as senior policy advisor on nutrition to the president. In her new high-profile roles, Eschmeyer, a longtime food activist, will work with the administration to improve the health of American children, building on her FoodCorps efforts to fight childhood obesity and food insecurity.

 

In light of this outstanding development, we're posting JBF contributing editor Anya Hoffman's profile on Eschmeyer from the 2011 JBF... Read more >

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Awards Watch: Journalism and Broadcast Media Entries Due Friday

Andrew Zimmern at the James Beard Awards

 

We're in the final days of our entry period for the 2015 Journalism and Broadcast Media JBFA. From now through Friday, January 9, we're accepting submissions for food television, podcasts, reporting, and much more. 

 

Want to add your work to the mix? You can register and submit entries at awards.jamesbeard.org. Details about criteria, a list of sub-categories, and more can be found here. Entry FAQs are here

 

... Read more >

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Awards Watch: Online Voting Ends December 31!

Nancy Silverton at the 2014 James Beard Awards

 

The clock is ticking: you only have three more days to tell us who you think should be nominated for a JBF Restaurant or Chef Award. Just register, log in, and submit a suggestion for any number of our 21 categories, including Outstanding Chef, Rising Star Chef of the Year, regional chefs, and our brand new Outstanding Baker award. Winners will be announced at the Lyric Opera of Chicago on May 4, 2015.

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