Throwback Thursday: JBF Award Winner Tom Colicchio Brings Home the Bacon

 

With several wins to his name, JBF Award winner Tom Colicchio knows a thing or two about the journey to the podium. These days, the seasoned vet probably has plenty of advice for our recently announced nominees, but we’re throwing it back to one of his early visits to the Beard House kitchen, when all those medallions were dreams on the horizon.

 

Check out the full list of 2015 James Beard Award nominees here.
 

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Throwback Thursday: JBF Award Winner Sherry Yard's Crowning Achievement

 

A picture may be worth a thousand words, but after more than 20 years of Beard Awards ceremonies, some photos are just begging for a caption. This TBT we’re highlighting a snap of JBF Award winner Sherry Yard that has captured our collective imagination. Fortunately, at our recent Chefs Boot Camp on Avery Island, Yard spilled the beans on her regal attire and gave us a little insight into the inner monologue of a winner on awards’ night:

 

 

I had been nominated a bunch of times and I always brought my mom and dad with me. I was sitting in general admission with them instead of in the nominee seat the company had gotten me, so we were in the second to last row, all the way in the corner. Gale Gand had won the Outstanding Pastry Chef award the year before so she was presenting, and I hear her call my name. I was making my way through the row of seats and it was taking forever. I hear Gale say, "I'm not sure... Read more >

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Throwback Thursday: 2015 Awards Gala Chef Co-Chair Rick Bayless

 

With less than two weeks to go until our 2015 JBF Awards nominee announcement, the excitement in the air is palpable. For this week's TBT, we've unearthed a retro photograph of JBF Award winner Rick Bayless sporting a groovy hat and some funky specs while cooking at the Beard House. We can't wait for him to suit up as a gala chef co-chair at this spring's main event, coming May 4 to Lyric Opera of Chicago. See the full list of Awards gala chefs here.

 

Curious about the details of JBF's upcoming fête in Chi-town? Watch this clip of JBF president Susan Ungaro's recent interview on Windy City Live!

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Throwback Thursday: Sunday Supper at Chelsea Market

Photo by: Tom Kirkman

 

With the seventh annual Sunday Supper at Chelsea Market mere weeks away, we couldn’t resist reminiscing about the delicious feasts of years past. These family-style benefit dinners at Manhattan's Chelsea Market are prepared by a team of prestigious and innovative chefs from NYC and across the country. This TBT, we're throwing it back to our 2013 Sunday Supper, where the market's main hall was lavishly decorated for more than 300 guests. JBF Award winners Sarabeth Levine, Barbara Lynch, and Jacques Torres were just a handful of the esteemed chefs turning out stunning plates such as goat belly with kimchi and rich chocolate bonbons.

 

Bring your appetites on March 22, 2015, for this year's Sunday Supper, and help raise funds for culinary education initiatives through JBF and the Jamestown Charitable Foundation. It’s sure to be far more fun than your average day at the market.... Read more >

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Throwback Thursday: Hansen's Sno-Bliz

 

Earlier today, JBF announced the 2015 America's Classics honorees, our award given to regional establishments that are treasured for their quality food, local character, and lasting appeal. As we induct this new class of regional favorites into our ranks, it seemed only fitting to dedicate this Throwback Thursday to one of last year's winners, Hansen's Sno-Bliz.

 

On frosty days like these, we can only dream of licking melted shaved ice off our fingers in the scorching heat of summer. In 1934, Ernest Hansen patented one of the earliest ice shaving machines, and shortly after, his wife Mary started developing her own flavored syrups to use as toppings. On a sweltering New Orleans summer day back in 1939, they debuted their creations as Hansen's Sno-Bliz. Their granddaughter, Ashley Hansen, pictured here standing proudly with her award, has kept this mouthwatering business in the family. She... Read more >

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Throwback Thursday: Semifinalist Smiles

 

What’s got JBF Award winner Jonathan Waxman so happy? Maybe it’s our 2015 James Beard Restaurant and Chef Awards semifinalist announcement. For the fourth year running, he’s on the long list for Best Chef: NYC. With such a consistent track record, it seems only fitting for a little nostalgic indulgence via the photo above. What’s on your mind, chef Waxman? Already thinking about that nominee announcement on March 24?

 

See the full list of semifinalists here.

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Throwback Thursday: Valentine's Day at the Beard House

Photo by Joan Garvin

 

It's bow and arrow season again, which means we’ve got sweet treats on the brain. Every year, JBF commemorates Cupid’s fancy with a sensual feast for the palate, and our upcoming Valentine’s Day dinner looks just as enticing. For this week’s TBT, we're looking back at a past romantic repast, our 2011 Valentine’s Day Tea, helmed by baker Jeremy Meyers and a culinary coterie from some of the hottest restaurants and bakeshops in New York. The bountiful menu of savory and sweet bites ranged from luxurious sea urchin and nori on brioche to petit fours and appetizing nods to the holiday, such as rose petal–vanilla bean shortbreads and the red velvet macaron in the photo above. With such a cornucopia of decadent delights on display, it’s hard to imagine anyone settling for boxed chocolates and... Read more >

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Throwback Thursday: JBF Award Winner Gavin Kaysen and the 2015 Bocuse d'Or

 

JBF Award winner Gavin Kaysen was one of the coaches of the U.S. team that brought home the silver medal from this year’s Bocuse d’Or, the world’s most prestigious cooking competition held biannually in Lyon, France. Kaysen, who won the JBF Rising Star Chef award in 2008, competed in the 2007 Bocuse d'Or, and has been involved with every subsequent American team. In this week's TBT we’re celebrating his hard-fought victory with this video of Kaysen on the red carpet at the JBF Awards in 2009, where he dished on breakfast, Café Boulud, and the significance of presenting the Rising Star category with JBF Award winner Jacques Pépin.

 

Stay tuned for updates on the 2015 James Beard Awards. The Restaurant and Chef Award semifinalist announcement is coming up on Wednesday, February 18.

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Throwback Thursday: JBF Lifetime Achievement Award Winner Cecilia Chiang

JBF Award Winner Cecilia Chiang (photo by Kent Miller)

 

Earlier this week, we announced our 2015 Lifetime Achievement and Humanitarian of the Year honorees. Today's TBT is a shoutout to restaurateur and Lifetime Achievement award winner Cecilia Chiang, shown here accepting the honor in 2013. Often referred to as the “Julia Child of Chinese food,” Chiang moved from Shanghai to San Francisco in 1960 at the age of 20, and brought with her a fiery passion for good food and good company. Hospitality has always been at the forefront of her efforts, as she explained in her acceptance speech: "You need to care about people and the heart of what I want to do is make my guests happy." Since her earliest days on our shores, Chiang has worked to introduce the American palate to Northern Chinese cuisine, and disprove the notion that... Read more >

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Throwback Thursday: Remembering James Beard

 

Yesterday, January 21, 2015, marked the thirtieth anniversary of James Beard's death. In honor of the culinary icon, this TBT we’re sharing some of our favorite quotes, from a man who was as prolific with the pencil as he was with the spatula:

 

“There is absolutely no substitute for the best. Good food cannot be made of inferior ingredients masked with high flavor.” (The Fireside Cookbook, p. 13)

 

“Grilling, broiling, barbecuing—whatever you want to call it—is an art, not just a matter of building a pyre and throwing on a piece of meat as a sacrifice to the gods of the stomach.” (Beard on Food, p. 20)

 

“The roe of the Russian mother sturgeon has probably been present at more important international affairs than have all... Read more >

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