James Beard’s All-American Eats


In his foreword for our new cookbook, Andrew Zimmern waxes poetic on the appeal and importance of our America’s Classics Award–winning restaurants


James Beard once said, “I don’t like gourmet cooking or ‘this’ cooking or ‘that’ cooking. I like good cooking.” 


I love grand restaurants. I love seeing what the world’s most highly motivated and inventive culinarians can do, pushing themselves to the outer limits of their potential to produce food that will influence chefs for generations to come. I am one of the few who adore being dazzled for hours, sucking down course after course, getting a food high from 24 plates that all look like children’s portions designed by interior decorators. I want to see what the greatest chefs can do with a foraged matsutake mushroom and a frying pan, or an anti-griddle and immersion circulator. I am guilty. I’m that guy. And yet I would trade all of that in, every tasting menu, every fought-over reservation, every fancy-food feather... Read more >

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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.


For tickets and more information about the chefs and vendors appearing, check out ... Read more >

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Presenting the Sun of Zimm, an Andrew Zimmern/eyebobs Collaboration

James Beard Award winner Andrew Zimmern


You likely already know Andrew Zimmern from his adventurous, no-bite-left-uneaten Travel Channel series Bizarre Foods with Andrew Zimmern and Bizarre Foods America. He's also a two-time JBF Award winner, nabbing our Outstanding Personality/Host award in 2010 and again in 2013. 


Beyond his work and achievements in entertainment, Zimmern is also a valued contributor to the JBF Scholarship Program. In 2014, through a collaboration with eyebobs eyewear, Andrew launched his "Second Chances Scholarship," which is awarded to a promising, aspiring student who has faced and conquered extreme challenges.

Last week eyebobs and Zimmern launched another charitable... Read more >

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Giveaway: Eyebobs Gift Certificate


It’s no secret that the biggest draws of this month’s Chefs & Champagne® New York will be tastings from more than 35 chefs, the constant popping of bottles of bubbly, and the picturesque setting of Wölffer Estate, our gracious hosts. Best of all, the good times will benefit the James Beard Foundation and our educational initiatives.


Even if you won’t be joining us in Sagaponack this year, there’s still a way to offer your support. As you may have already heard, our Chefs & Champagne honoree is the inimitable Andrew Zimmern, who’s fresh off of a 2013 Beard Award win for Outstanding Personality/Host. The Bizarre Foods star has partnered with eyebobs, a reading glasses company specializing in eyewear "for the irreverent and slightly jaded." Eyebobs and Andrew have created the quirky “Zimm” frames, which you can order... Read more >

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JBF on the Air: Andrew Zimmern


What's on television personality Andrew Zimmern's mind? Find out on last week's episode of Taste Matters as he chats with JBF's Mitchell Davis about travel, taste, and gastronomy. Andrew Zimmern is the co-creator, host, and consulting producer of the Travel Channel's Bizarre Foods. A multiple JBF Award winner and the honoree at this year's Chefs & Champagne New York, Andrew discusses how small, remote pockets of the world have changed his perspective on culture and humanity, why he thinks walnuts are the most disgusting thing to eat, and the importance of travel. Listen below:



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Eating to the Extreme: How Broadening Your Culinary Horizons Can Help Improve Our Food System

Andrew Zimmern

This piece, written by JBF Award winner and television host Andrew Zimmern, originally appeared in the February/March 2012 issue of JBF Notes, the James Beard Foundation's member newsletter. Don't miss out on future articles; become a member today!


Extreme cuisine. Oddities. Fear Factor food. These are terms I hear almost everywhere I go. They are whispered in the corners of rooms by squeamish skeptics who make me out to be some kind of culinary pervert.

Long before my show Bizarre Foods was ever conceptualized, I was excited about jungle markets and the amazing foods I found there. I had traveled a lot as a young child and knew that a tiny, whole-roasted piglet I encountered abroad tasted way better than the dry... Read more >

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Awards Watch: Media & Book Awards, in Photos

While we wait for things to get going at Lincoln Center, here are some photos from last night's Media & Book Awards at Espace: (Photos by Kent Miller)

JBF President Susan Ungaro poses for a photo with Kelly Choi, Andrew Zimmern, and friends

A row of reception cocktails

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Awards Watch: Broadcast Media Award Winners

We've just wrapped up the Broadcast Media Awards segment of the program—just in time for Karen DeMasco's white chocolate panna cotta with morello cherries and cherry sorbet. Highlight: a humbled and flattered Andrew Zimmern, upon accepting his award for TV Food Personality, gave a shout-out to Cookbook-Hall-of-Fame inductee Claudia Roden. "Claudia, you write about eyeballs and sheep testicles, and that's where I always like to start eating!" he declared. Here are the 2010 Broadcast Media Award winners: Audio Webcast or Radio Show: The Kojo Nnamdi Show Video Webcast: The Greenmarket: One Farmer’s Story, from seriouseats.com Television Segment: ABC News Nightline Television Show, On Location: Chefs A’ Field: King of Alaska Television Show, In Studio or Fixed Location: French Food at Home with Laura Calder Television Special:

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JBF Kitchen Cam