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The James Beard Foundation's Best of the Best

As we've mentioned earlier, the James Beard Foundation is celebrating its 25th anniversary in 2012! We'll be toasting this milestone throughout the year in a number of exciting ways, including the release of our first cookbook, The James Beard Foundation's Best of the Best: A 25th Anniversary Celebration of America's Outstanding Chefs. This collectible book honors James Beard's legacy and celebrates the accomplishments of the 21 incredible chefs who have earned our coveted Outstanding Chef Award, from Wolfgang Puck to Tom Colicchio. Featuring intimate profiles written by author Kit Wohl, a foreword by Martha Stewart, gorgeous photography, and plenty

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Recipe Roundup: Recipes for a Celebration

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You may have kicked your Christmas tree to the curb and sworn off cookies for the foreseeable future, but here at the James Beard Foundation we are keeping the jovial atmosphere alive as we gear up for a year of festivities in honor of our 25th anniversary. Here are some of our favorite recipes for a celebration. Oysters with Crisp Shiitakes, Scallions, and Roasted Shiitake Mignonette A duo of fried and roasted shiitakes offers a rich, earthy contrast against sweet and briny oysters. Blini with Caviar Use a domestic caviar like American sturgeon, paddlefish, or salmon to top these dainty Russian pancakes.

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JBF Through the Years

JBFIt certainly has been an eventful 25 years! Since JBF's inception in 1986, we've seen plenty of ups and a few downs, but the Foundation has never been in a better place. Our first original cookbook comes out in March, we're planning a special series of dinners featuring the country's best chefs, and our second Leadership Awards ceremony is slated for October. We have a lot to look forward to as we celebrate our silver anniversary, but we're also doing a bit of reminiscing. Check out this timeline of our first 25 years.

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Reflections on a Delicious Legacy: JBF Celebrates 25 years of Shining a Spotlight on Chefs

Adapted excerpt from the introduction to The James Beard Foundation’s Best of the Best: A 25th Anniversary Celebration of America’s Outstanding Chefs

This article is excerpted and adapted from the introduction to The James Beard Foundation’s Best of the Best: A 25th Anniversary Celebration of America’s Outstanding Chefs, which is being published this spring. Preorder your copy today from our Amazon store.

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Looking back on the past 25 years, it’s hard to believe how much American food and food culture has evolved. When the James Beard Foundation was founded in November 1986 by Peter Kump, Julia Child, and other friends and colleagues of James Beard, no one could have imagined that there would one day be two 24-hour television networks devoted to food programming. It would have been

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Ask the Winners: How Do You Celebrate?

Now that our 25th anniversary has arrived, we're in a celebratory mood, so we got in touch with some of last year's JBF Award winners to find out how they like to celebrate special occasions.

“Dan Barber catered our wedding, so my husband and I like to celebrate our anniversary at Blue Hill—and sometimes Dan will serve us a dish or two from the wedding menu. It’s always amazing how flavors can bring back memories so crisply.”
Amanda Hesser, author of the 2011 JBF Award–winning book The Essential New York Times Cookbook

“How do I celebrate? With dessert of course! No major occasion, holiday, or milestone is complete without it. The pleasure of cutting into a beautiful cake or taking a sweet-smelling pie out of the oven for friends and family always makes the moment feel festive and special.”
Gail Simmons, Judge on the 2011 JBF Award–winning show Top Chef; and host of Top Chef: Just Desserts

“For about a month I celebrated the Beard win with Champagne toasts, home-cooked meals, and

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JBF's 25th Anniversary: How We Are Celebrating

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On November 5, 1986, the James Beard Foundation officially opened the James Beard House to provide a center for the culinary arts. We’ll be celebrating our silver anniversary throughout the upcoming year in a number of ways, including the publication of The James Beard Foundation’s Best of the Best: A 25th Anniversary Celebration of America’s Outstanding Chefs, a keepsake book featuring insightful chef profiles, original photography, and more than 60 recipes from JBF Outstanding Chef Award winners like Wolfgang Puck and Tom Colicchio. You can preorder your own copy here.

We’re also hard at work planning a unique series of anniversary dinners featuring America’s greatest chefs, including many of the culinary masters featured in Best of the Best. Make sure to check

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