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.

 

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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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JBF Partners with the Clinton Foundation to Launch America Cooks with Chefs: The 800 Calorie Challenge

 

We're excited to announce our new partnership with the Clinton Foundation to launch America Cooks with Chefs: The 800 Calorie Challenge, a cooking competition that will pair six lucky home cooks with six celebrity chef “trainers,” including JBF Award winner Tony Mantuano and Mary Sue Milliken, to create healthy, approachable meals. An online video series will feature an episode with each duo as they take part in an intense, one-day “cooking well kitchen camp” at the chefs’ restaurants, working together to redesign a recipe around healthy nutritional guidelines without sacrificing taste or presentation. The contestants will then attend the 2015 Clinton Health Matters Initiative (CHMI) conference in La Quinta, California, where they will bring their new skills to a live cooking challenge at the conference, where a panel of celebrity judges will select a winner.

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The Food Lover's Gift Card from CourseHorse

 

 

 

Are you resolving to hone your culinary chops in 2014? Our friends at CourseHorse can help. Just in time for the holidays, we're partnering with this educationally-minded search engine that connects you with the best food classes in New York City. Their brand new, almighty Food Lover's Gift Card can be applied to thousands of courses at local schools and venues, including the Institute of Culinary Education, Eataly, the Brooklyn Kitchen, and many more. Available in any value and free of expiration dates, these cards also tap into the charitable spirit of the season: a portion of proceeds will be donated to the James Beard Foundation.

 

Learn more and purchase a Food Lover's Gift Card here. CourseHorse services all educational interests, so be sure to check out their... Read more >

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James Beard Foundation’s Taste America® Phoenix Recap

James Beard Foundation's Taste America® Phoenix

 

In addition to Boston, our final weekend of James Beard Foundation's Taste America® was spent in Phoenix. On Friday we enjoyed a spectacular meal prepared by local James Beard Award winners and Taste America All-Star Suzanne Goin. We spent the next day at Sur La Table, watching cooking demonstrations by Goin and Check, Please! Arizona's Robert McGrath, and also tasted samples from local artisans Steve's Wonder Mustard, Laura Gourmet, Tracy Dempsey Originals, and the Mix Up Bar. You can view images from the weekend's event here.

 

We would like to extend our sincerest thanks to all our Phoenix participants! And even more thanks to folks who... Read more >

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James Beard Foundation’s Taste America® Boston Recap

James Beard Foundation's Taste America® Boston

 

The fifth and final weekend of James Beard Foundation's Taste America® is in the can! Last Friday our team headed to Boston, where we enjoyed a spectacular meal prepared by local James Beard Award winners and Taste America All-Star Michael Voltaggio. On Saturday we went to Sur La Table to watch cooking demonstrations by Voltaggio and James Beard Award–nominated pastry chef Joanne Chang. You can view images from the weekend's events here

 

We would like to extend our sincerest thanks to all our Boston participants!

 

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Presenting Evenings AFAR: Australia

Australian chef Alla Wolf-Tasker

 

Even though our mission is celebrate America's diverse culinary heritage, we're never ones to pass on great cuisine from farther afield. To satisfy our wanderlusting appetites, the James Beard Foundation is launching the Evenings AFAR dinner series. In partnership with AFAR media, this exciting program will spotlight must-visit international destinations for food and wine, and will invite chefs from foreign lands to prepare meals at the historic James Beard House.

 

The series begins with a gustatory trip Down Under. Long known for its independent spirit and its marvels of the natural world, it's no surprise that Australia offers a unique cuisine that's rooted in pristine ingredients and a fierce creativity. The country's one-of-a-kind cooking will be on display at the Beard House on... Read more >

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James Beard Foundation’s Taste America® Los Angeles Recap

James Beard Foundation's Taste America® Los Angeles

 

In addition to New York City, our fourth weekend of James Beard Foundation's Taste America® made a stop in the dynamic city of Los Angeles. On Friday we enjoyed a spectacular meal prepared by local James Beard Award winners and Taste America All-Star Rick Bayless. We spent the next day at Sur La Table, watching cooking demonstrations by Bayless and Top Chef's Fabio Viviani and tasting samples from Bling Bling Dumpling, Coffee Commissary, Nary Dairy, and Mills + Company. 

 

We would like to extend our sincerest thanks to all our LA participants! And stay tuned: the Taste America tour has one weekend left!

 

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James Beard Foundation’s Taste America® New York City Recap

James Beard Foundation's Taste America® New York City

 

The fourth weekend of James Beard Foundation's Taste America® is a wrap! Last Friday our team headed to New York City, where we enjoyed a spectacular meal prepared by local James Beard Award winners and Taste America All-Star Daniel Patterson. On Saturday we went to Sur La Table to watch cooking demonstrations by Patterson and James Beard Award winner Maricel Presilla. You can view images from the weekend's events here

 

We would like to extend our sincerest thanks to all our New York City participants! And don't forget: Taste America is making its final stops in Boston and Phoenix... Read more >

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James Beard Foundation’s Taste America® Philadelphia

James Beard Foundation's Taste America® Philadelphia

 

In addition to San Francisco, our third weekend of James Beard Foundation's Taste America® made a stop in the great city of Philadelphia. On Friday we enjoyed a spectacular meal prepared by local James Beard Award winners and other top chefs from the City of Brotherly Love. The next day we headed to Sur La Table to watch cooking demonstrations by Taste America All-Star Carla and the team behind Philadelphia's acclaimed vegan restaurant, Vedge. You can view images from the weekend's events here

 

We would like to extend our sincerest thanks to all our Philly participants! And don't forget: ... Read more >

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