James Beard Foundation's Taste America® Preview: Chicago


This weekend James Beard Foundation’s Taste America®, our national epicurean tour, stops in Chicago, the future home of the 2015 James Beard Awards. We’ve got two days of food-filled exclusive events featuring Taste America All-Star and James Beard Award Winner Grant Achatz, and local star and James Beard Award Winner Sean Brock. Friday night kicks off with a tasting reception from a stunning lineup of JBF Award winners from the Windy City, followed by an exclusive dinner prepared by Achatz and Brock. Saturday the action moves to Sur La Table, for cooking demos and book signings from Achatz and JBF Award Winner Tony Mantuano and Cathy Mantuano, and free tastings from local vendors Publican Quality Meats and Little... Read more >

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Gala Chef Q & A: JBF Award Winner Grant Achatz


JBF Award Winner Grant Achatz, The Aviary, Chicago


What’s your go-to guilty-pleasure food?



What’s your favorite movie, and why

Big Fish. It's a fairy tale and a life lesson.


Describe the last great meal you ate.

The French Laundry—need I say more?


What’s your favorite movie snack?

Cheese-flavored Pirate's Booty.


What’s your earliest food memory?

Making cherry Jell-O.


What do you eat for breakfast?



What’s your favorite healthy food?

Juices from Peeled, a local juice company.


What was your first job in the culinary world?

At my parents’ restaurant.


What movie are you ashamed to admit you love?

The Goonies.

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Immaculate Infatuation: A Chef and his Mentor

Grant Achatz and Thomas Keller Thomas Keller is looking quite badass this evening.  

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JBF Kitchen Cam