Overheard at the 2015 James Beard Awards

 

Last night's Beard Awards featured many memorable moments—Alton Brown's meat melody, Daniel Boulud and Thomas Keller's improv bit, and Steve from Sex and the City's announcement that the winner of the Outstanding Wine Program award was the entire city of San Francisco—but the theme of the evening was definitely family: the ones at home as well as the families we create in the restaurant trenches. Here are some of the night's most quotable lines:

 

"Thank your wife. Thank your wife. Thank your wife."

–Gerard Craft of Niche, Best Chef: Midwest

 

"I'm sorry it took me so long, I'm not used to wearing a dress. That's why I became a chef."

–Jessica Largey of Manresa, Rising Star Chef of the Year

 

"Vegans try to tempt me with their pie. Well they can keep their seitan and tofu. Because I'll devour bacon till I'm blue. The meat goes on."

–Alton Brown, master of ceremonies

 

“My wish for all of you is…to... Read more >

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Winner Recap!

 

Best Chef: New York City: Mark Ladner, Del Posto

 

Best Chef: Mid-Atlantic: Spike Gjerde, Woodberry Kitchen, Baltimore

 

Best Chef: Southeast: Jason Stanhope, FIG, Charleston, SC

 

Best Chef: South: Alon Shaya, Domenica, New Orleans

 

Best Chef: Northwest: Blaine Wetzel, The Willows Inn on Lummi Island, Lummi Island, WA

 

Best Chef: Great Lakes: Jonathon Sawyer, Greenhouse Tavern, Cleveland

 

Best Chef: West: Stuart Brioza and Nicole Krasinski, State Bird Provisions, San Francisco

 

Best Chef: Southwest: Aaron Franklin, Franklin Barbecue, Austin

 

Outstanding Wine, Spirits, and Beer Professional: Rajat Parr, Mina Group, San Francisco

 

Outstanding Wine Program: A16, San Francisco

 

Outstanding Bar Program: The Violet Hour, Chicago

 

Best Chef: Northeast: Barry Maiden, Hungry Mother, Cambridge, MA

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Winner Recap!

 

Best Chef: West: Stuart Brioza and Nicole Krasinski, State Bird Provisions, San Francisco

 

Best Chef: Southwest: Aaron Franklin, Franklin Barbecue, Austin

 

Outstanding Wine, Spirits, and Beer Professional: Rajat Parr, Mina Group, San Francisco

 

Outstanding Wine Program: A16, San Francisco

 

Outstanding Bar Program: The Violet Hour, Chicago

 

Best Chef: Northeast: Barry Maiden, Hungry Mother, Cambridge, MA

 

Best Chef: Midwest: Gerard Craft, Niche, Clayton, MO

 

Outstanding Baker: Jim Lahey, Sullivan Street Bakery, NYC

 

Rising Star Chef of the Year: Jessica Largey, Manresa, Los Gatos, CA

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Winner Recap!

 

Best Chef: Northeast: Barry Maiden, Hungry Mother, Cambridge, MA

 

Best Chef: Midwest: Gerard Craft, Niche, Clayton, MO

 

Outstanding Baker: Jim Lahey, Sullivan Street Bakery, NYC

 

Rising Star Chef of the Year: Jessica Largey, Manresa, Los Gatos, CA

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Throwback Thursday: Clothes Make the Chef

 

Before his days as editor-in-chief at Bon Appétit, Adam Rapoport reported to the publications department at the James Beard Foundation. Back in our 1997 Winter issue of Beard House Magazine, he detailed James Beard's glamorous style. Beard topped off his large, patterned suits with his most beloved accessory: the bow tie. Whether Beard was hitting the town or cooking in his kitchen, his appearance was always a sight to feast your eyes on. This year, a fancy pop-out paper bow tie adorned the James Beard Awards invite to honor Beard's signature style. For this week's Throwback Thursday, we're sharing some of our favorite quotes from Rapoport's article on a man who's imaginative style made just as big of an impression as his culinary vision:

 

"He didn't dress like anyone, period. But he did have a certain style."

 

"'My first time with James was, as for so many others, really quite memorable,' writes restaurant consultant Clark Wolf in Barbara's Kafka... Read more >

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Throwback Thursday: Highlights from the 2014 James Beard Awards

Roll out the red carpet: with the announcement of Oscar nominations today, it’s officially awards season. This year’s Restaurant and Chef award semifinalists will be announced February 18, 2015. To make sure you get your JBFA fix until then, we’re looking back at last year’s bash, full of stars, songs, sips, snacks, and lots of celebration. Check out the video below for highlights of the 2014 Beard Awards, and start dusting those mothballs off your gowns and tuxedos.

 

 

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Introducing Our Inaugural App: JBF Vegetables

The first-ever JBF app: James Beard Foundation Vegetables

 

Presenting the first-ever JBF app: James Beard Foundation Vegetables, a collection of innovative vegetable recipes conceived by Outstanding Chef award winners (including Daniel Boulud, Alice Waters, Thomas Keller, and many others), and based on the Foundation's Best of the Best cookbook. This stunner includes sharp high-definition videos, some of the most gorgeous and intuitive step-by-step photographs we've ever seen, shopping sections tailored to each dish, and other great features. It's available now in the Apple App store—and absolutely free for JBF members.

 

Learn more at jamesbeard.org/app. Read the full press release... Read more >

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The 2014 James Beard Award Winners!

 

Congratulations to all the 2014 James Beard Award winners! See the complete list.

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Winner Recap!

 

Outstanding Restaurateur: Barbara Lynch, Barbara Lynch Gruppo (No. 9 Park, Menton, B&G Oysters, and others), Boston

 

Outstanding Service: The Restaurant at Meadwood , St. Helena, CA

 

Outstanding Restaurant: The Slanted Door, San Francisco

 

Outstanding Chef: Nancy Silverton, Pizzeria Mozza, Los Angeles

 

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Winner Recap!

 

America’s Classic: Nick’s Italian Café, McMinnville, OR

 

Outstanding Restaurant Design (75 seats and under): Lawton Stanley Architects for Grace, Chicago

 

Outstanding Restaurant Design (76 seats and over): Jensen Architects for Shed, Healdsburg, CA

 

Humanitarian of the Year: Matt Haley, Philanthropist and Restaurateur, Rehoboth Beach, DE

 

Best New Restaurant: Pêche Seafood Grill, New Orleans

 

America’s Classic: Hansen’s Sno-Bliz, New Orleans

 

Outstanding Pastry Chef: Dominique Ansel, Dominique Ansel Bakery, NYC
 

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