Throwback Thursday: Wylie Dufresne, the Culinary Magician


This Throwback Thursday, we celebrate a fearless pioneer of molecular gastronomy, JBF Award winner and 2015 Who’s Who inductee Wylie Dufresne. Each year, the James Beard Foundation’s Who’s Who of Food and Beverage in America honors a diverse group of 20 individuals across all areas of the culinary world, each of whom has been identified by his or her peers for contributions to America’s evolving edible identity.


Following his education at the French Culinary Institute, Dufresne began his career under JBF Award winner Jean-Georges Vongerichten at JoJo, became a sous chef at Jean-Georges, and was promoted to chef de cuisine at Vongerichten’s Prime. He continued his gastronomic trailblazing as the first chef at 71 Clinton Fresh Food, which lead to his next adventure opening wd~50 in 2003. Dufresne remained unstoppable, receiving three stars from the ... Read more >

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Meet the 2015 Humor Journalism Nominees


If laughter is the best medicine, this year’s nominees for the James Beard Journalism Award for humor are sure to keep you healthy. The writers look at the everyday minutiae of the food world, from street vendors to entertaining tips to restaurant reviews, and offer a new, if slightly twisted, take on it all.




Lisa Hanawalt
Lucky Peach
Goodbye to All That Sugar, Spice, and Fat” 

Lisa Hanawalt bids adieu to the City that Never Sleeps with a whirlwind illustrated tour through the highs and lows (and risks and rewards) of New York’s street-food scene. [Image above]





Ben Schott with the Bon Appétit Editors
Bon Appétit
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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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Winner Recap!


Best Chef: Great Lake: Dave Beran, Next, Chicago


Best Chef: Midwest: Justin Aprahamian, Sanford, Milwaukee


Best Chef: Southeast: Ashley Christensen, Poole’s Downtown Diner, Raleigh, NC


Best Chef: South: [TIE] Ryan Prewitt, Pêche Seafood Grill, New Orleans; and Sue Zemanick, Gautreau's, New Orleans


Who’s Who Inductees (Part 2 of 2): Barry Estabrook, Paul Kahan, and Sherry Yard


America’s Classic: Olneyville New York System, Providence, RI


Best Chef: Mid-Atlantic: Vikram Sunderam, Rasika, Washington, D.C.


Best Chef: New York City: April Bloomfield, The Spotted Pig


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Winner Recap!


Lifetime Achievement: Sirio Maccioni, Le Cirque, NYC


Best Chef: Northwest: Naomi Pomeroy, Beast, Portland, OR


Best Chef: Northeast: Jamie Bissonnette, Coppa, Boston


Who’s Who Inductees (Part 1 of 2): Ed Behr, John Besh, David Chang


Best Chef: Southwest: Chris Shepherd, Underbelly, Houston


Best Chef: West: Daniel Patterson, Coi, San Francisco


America’s Classic: Perini Ranch Steakhouse, Buffalo Gap, TX


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Winner Recap!


Rising Star of the Year: [TIE] Jimmy Bannos Jr, The Purple Pig, Chicago; and Blaine Wetzell, The Willows Inn on Lummi Island, Lummi Island, WA


America’s Classic: Sokolowski’s University Inn, Cleveland


Outstanding Bar Program: The Bar at the NoMad Hotel, NYC


Outstanding Wine Program: The Barn at Blackberry Farm, Walland, TN


Outstanding Wine, Beer, or Spirits Professional: Garrett Oliver, Brooklyn Brewery, Brooklyn, NY


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Sponsored Post: Fly Delta Innovation Class with JBF Award Winner Sean Brock

Delta Innovation Class


When you fly Delta, the official airline of the James Beard Awards, you can count on world-class service, a wide spectrum of in-flight entertainment, and so much more. But what about a smart and engaging seatmate? Turns out you can have that, too.


Introducing Delta Innovation Class, a mentoring program at 35,000 feet. For this one-of-a-kind experience, the airline is flying forward-thinking leaders to events around the world. They’re also giving you a chance to tag along. 


What does this have to do with JBF? One of the Delta Innovation Class destinations is the 2014 James Beard Foundation Awards on Monday, May 5, in New York City. The passenger flying there? 2014 ... Read more >

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On the Menu: Week of February 16

Photo taken by Philip Gross


Here's what's on the Beard House calendar next week: 


Tuesday, February 18, 6:00 P.M. 

Winter Park, FL 

For this special Friends of James Beard Benefit dinner, all of Orlando’s talented past JBF Award nominees are joining forces to create one spectacular meal in conjunction with the 2014 JBF Award semifinalist announcement.​ Click here for reservations.​


Wednesday, February 19, 7:00 P.M. 

Nouvelle Louisiane 

At Latil's Landing Restaurant, named one of the 20 best restaurants in America by Esquire, chef Jeremy Langlois creates dishes in his signature nouvelle Louisiane style, which brings together the Bayou State's local... Read more >

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JBF Kitchen Cam