In Memoriam: Judy Rodgers

In Memoriam: Judy Rodgers

 

We are incredibly sad to hear that chef Judy Rodgers passed away last night at the age of 57. "Judy Rodgers was not only one of America's greatest chefs, having been honored with a JBF Outstanding Chef Award in 2004, but she also epitomized the joy of casual fine cooking as a way to bring people together at her iconic and popular Zuni Café," said JBF president Susan Ungaro. "Her humility and creative genius were legendary. She was an avid note taker, always looking for and jotting down new ways to improve on a dish. I can still picture her with a pencil tucked into her upswept hair. Our foundation has lost a friend and San Francisco has lost a legend."

 

As an Outstanding Chef award winner, Rodgers was profiled in The James Beard Foundation's Best of the Best. Read author Kit Wohl's piece below.

 

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When a beautiful woman is also a famous, celebrated chef, life is rarely fraught with glamor. With no. 2 pencils securing her topknot and... Read more >

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In Memoriam: Charlie Trotter

Charlie Trotter at the 2012 James Beard Foundation Awards

 

We are deeply saddened by the passing of renowned chef and restaurateur Charlie Trotter, who died today at the age of 54. Trotter was a pioneer in the food industry, forever changing American cuisine with his Chicago restaurant Charlie Trotter’s, which was an international culinary destination for 25 years before closing in 2012.

 

“Charlie Trotter was not only one of our country’s most influential chefs, he was a mentor, an innovator, and a great humanitarian,” said Susan Ungaro, president of the James Beard Foundation. “He was also a friend and great supporter of our Foundation from its very beginning. He will be missed.”

 

Charlie Trotter was the recipient of nine James Beard Awards, including the 2012 Humanitarian of the Year award. He was also a frequent guest chef at the James Beard House and was the 2007 honoree at Chefs & Champagne. Read his profile in our 2012 JBF Awards program ... Read more >

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In Memoriam: Marcella Hazan

In Memoriam: Marcella Hazan

 

The James Beard Foundation is deeply saddened by the loss of author and culinary legend Marcella Hazan. A native of Italy's Emilia-Romagna region, Hazan published several Italian cookbooks, and was widely considered to be one of the world's foremost authorities on authentic Italian cuisine and techniques. She is a multiple James Beard Book Award winner; her first book, The Classic Italian Cook Book: The Art of Italian Cooking and the Italian Art of Eating, was inducted into the JBF Cookbook Hall of Fame in 2000. She also received the Foundation's Lifetime Achievement award that same year. In 1986 she was named a "Who's Who of Food & Beverage."

 

In homage to Hazan's rich life and impact, we're sharing a profile of her written for the 2000 James Beard Awards program. It is presented below.

 

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“Marcella Hazan,” Craig Claiborne once wrote, “is a national treasure…No one has ever done more to spread the gospel of pure Italian... Read more >

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Remembering Clay Triplette

 

It is with deep sadness that we announce the passing of our dear friend and longtime JBF house steward Clay Triplette, who died yesterday, September 9, after a brief illness. 

 

For chefs who have cooked at the Beard House, chances are Clay was the first person they met when they walked in the door. Clay was James Beard’s right hand for 30 years, beginning in the 1950s, and while the Beard Foundation has carried on James Beard’s legacy, Clay carried on his spirit.

 

“Life with him was a bowl of gravy,” Clay used to say of Mr. Beard, laughing heartily as he recalled stories about their years together cooking in the legendary West 12th Street kitchen, shopping at long-since-closed Lower East Side and West Village food markets, and creating unforgettable meals.

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Robert Tréboux, 1924–2012

 

The James Beard Foundation is saddened by the loss of Robert Tréboux, owner of Le Veau d'Or and an influential New York restaurateur. With a hospitality career that began in the 1940s and continued to the present, Tréboux opened, operated, and worked in several Manhattan institutions, including La Pavillon, Le Manoir, and La Rotisserie Française. His venerable Upper East Side bistro, Le Veau d'Or, won a James Beard America's Classic Award in 2011. In honor of his life and his legendary role in New York City dining, we're sharing James Oseland's profile of Le Veau d'Or from last year's James Beard Awards program, as well as a video about the restaurant that was produced for and shown at the ceremony.

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The diminutive French bistro Le Veau d’Or in Midtown Manhattan is a time capsule. There’s the classic French fare, straight out of Escoffier; the formal but clubby decor, all beveled glass and polished mahogany; and the amiable owner, Monsieur... Read more >

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Marion Cunningham, 1922–2012

 

The James Beard Foundation is saddened to hear of the loss of American culinary icon Marion Cunningham. Cunningham was a friend and colleague of James Beard, and was perhaps best known for her update of the classic Fannie Farmer Cookbook in 1979. She was a Beard Foundation Who's Who of Food and Beverage in America inductee in 1984 and was awarded our Lifetime Achievement Award in 2003. She was also a member of the Foundation's advisory board.

 

In honor of Cunningham's rich life, we're sharing Kim Severson's profile of her for the 2003 James Beard Awards program. You can read it here.

 

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