Sponsored Post: Five JBF Rising Star Chef Award Semifinalists Selected for Taste of Waldorf Astoria

 

The James Beard Foundation is excited to announce that it has partnered with Waldorf Astoria Hotels & Resorts for a second year on​ Taste of Waldorf Astoria, a global culinary program that pairs JBF Rising Star Chef Awards semifinalists with Waldorf Astoria master chefs for an exciting week of collaboration. The search for Waldorf Astoria’s next iconic dish continues with a fresh group of five hand-selected JBF Rising Star Semi-Finalist chefs dispatching to five new participating Waldorf Astoria destinations around the globe, including Amsterdam, New Orleans, Beijing, Jerusalem, and Orlando.

 

Taste of Waldorf Astoria will host five chef experiences at the following properties:

 

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James Beard Foundation's Taste America® Preview: Minneapolis

 

The James Beard Foundation’s Taste America® national epicurean tour continues this weekend with two days of star-studded events in Minneapolis, featuring Taste America All-Star and JBF Award winner Jonathan Waxman, Local Star and JBF Award winner Gavin Kaysen, and guest emcee and JBF Award winner Andrew Zimmern. Friday night kicks off with a tasting reception from some of Minneapolis's finest, followed by an exclusive four-course dinner prepared by Waxman and Kaysen. On Saturday the action moves to Sur La Table for cooking demos and book signings from Kaysen, along with free tastings from local vendor Chocolat Céleste.

 

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James Beard Foundation's Taste America® Preview: Seattle

 

The James Beard Foundation’s Taste America® national epicurean tour continues this weekend with two days of star-studded events in Seattle, featuring Taste America All-Star and JBF Award winner Tyler Florence and Local Star Thierry Rautureau. Friday night kicks off with a tasting reception from some of Seattle's finest, followed by an exclusive four-course dinner prepared by Florence and Rautureau. On Saturday the action moves to Sur La Table for cooking demos and book signings from Rautureau and lauded chef and JBF Award winner Maxime Bilet​.

 

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James Beard Foundation's Taste America® Preview: Charleston

 

The James Beard Foundation’s Taste America® national epicurean tour continues this weekend with two days of events in Charleston, featuring Taste America All-Star and JBF Award winner Art Smith and Local Star Mike Lata. Friday night kicks off with a tasting reception by some of Charleston's finest chefs, followed by an exclusive four-course dinner prepared by Smith and Lata. On Saturday the action moves to Le Creuset for cooking demos and book signings from Smith, along with free tastings from local vendor the Cocktail Club.

 

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James Beard Foundation's Taste America® Preview: Phoenix

 

The James Beard Foundation’s Taste America® national epicurean tour continues this weekend with three days of star-studded events in Phoenix, featuring Taste America All-Star and JBF Award-winner Michel Nischan and Local Star Chris Bianco. The celebrations begin on Thursday night with a Taste of Fox Restaurants Reception at Tempe hotspot Culinary Dropout. Friday night kicks off with a tasting reception from some of Phoenix's finest chefs, followed by an exclusive four-course dinner prepared by Nischan and Bianco. On Saturday the action moves to Sur La Table for cooking demos and book signings from Nischan and lauded chef and cookbook author ... Read more >

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James Beard Foundation's Taste America® Preview: Miami

Rocco DiSpirito and Christopher Lee

 

The James Beard Foundation’s Taste America® national epicurean tour begins this weekend with two days of star-studded events in Miami, featuring Taste America All-Star and JBF Award-winner Rocco DiSpirito, local star Christopher Lee, and pastry chef Sergio Navarro. Friday night kicks off with a tasting reception from some of Miami's finest, followed by an exclusive four course dinner prepared by DiSpirito and Lee with desserts by Navarro. Saturday the action moves to Sur La Table, for cooking demos and book signings from DiSpirito and lauded chef Cindy Hutson, along with free tastings from local vendor Project Pop.

 

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Sponsored Post: Cook like a Beard House Chef with Chef'd

 

The James Beard House, the former residence of our namesake and the food world’s premier performance space for visiting chefs, is home to the country’s most exciting dining events. Now, thanks to our partnership with Chef’d, the meal-delivery service offering recipes that make you cook like a pro, you can bring a taste of the historic Beard House into your own kitchen. Check out their JBF collection, featuring authentic Beard House recipes (think scallops with apple gastrique), as well as dishes from James Beard’s seminal cookbooks (that would be beef salad parisienne, or... Read more >

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The Better Burger Project™: The Winners!

The James Beard Foundation's Better Burger Project™

 

The burgers have been served, the plates have been cleared, and the ‘grams have been counted. 

 

After more than two months of the Better Burger Project™, a challenge that invited chefs to create a more healthy, delicious, and sustainable burger by blending ground meat with finely chopped cultivated mushrooms, we’re excited to reveal our five winners. The chefs whose burgers appeared in the most Instagram photos, uploaded by their customers, emerged victorious. Our winning chefs are:

 

1.  Quaff ON!, chef Dan Nichols – Bloomington, IN
2.  Blue Southern Comfort Food, chef Carolyn Manning – Shreveport, LA
3.  Belly Acres, chef Rob Ray – Memphis, TN
4.  Bachi Burger, chef Lorin Watada – Las Vegas, NV; Los Angeles, CA; Pasadena, CA
5.  Burgh’ers Restaurant, chefs Kiel Campbell and Fiore Moletz – Harmony, PA

 

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How FoodShed Exchange Connects Chefs to Primary Food Sources

 

 

 

James Beard Award winner Jimmy Schmidt wants to disintermediate the current terminal market distribution system.

 

If you’re a chef or a farmer, don’t worry about committing the economic lingo to memory. Schmidt’s vision sounds complicated for a big reason: he’s trying to bring greater efficiency to annual food purchases by chefs, a market that’s in the tens of billions of dollars. And it’s an area that’s very prone to wastefulness.

 

Schmidt’s new project, the FoodShed Exchange (FSX), connects chefs and mindful food producers, creating a reliable and transparent market between them. By removing the intermediaries (the “middle men,” as they are often known), farmers can more nimbly respond to the needs of restaurants while making higher profits, while chefs get to purchase food that’s fresher and vetted by the FSX community. It all takes place on the... Read more >

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The 2015 Cooking Up Change Competition

 

For the fourth year in a row, the James Beard Foundation is the official culinary partner of Cooking Up Change, a nationwide high school competition that invites students to improve school lunches. Administered by the Chicago-based Healthy Schools Campaign, the 2015 competition consisted of nine regional qualifiers, in which high-school teams designed and prepared meals within the real-life constraints of limited ingredient lists and tight prep times. Finalists from each city advanced to compete in the national competition in Washington, D.C. last week.

 

 

Cooking Up Change

 

The teams' meals were judged on originality, taste, texture and appearance. After the votes were tallied, Debra Eschmeyer,... Read more >

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