Throwback Thursday: Semifinalist Smiles

 

What’s got JBF Award winner Jonathan Waxman so happy? Maybe it’s our 2015 James Beard Restaurant and Chef Awards semifinalist announcement. For the fourth year running, he’s on the long list for Best Chef: NYC. With such a consistent track record, it seems only fitting for a little nostalgic indulgence via the photo above. What’s on your mind, chef Waxman? Already thinking about that nominee announcement on March 24?

 

See the full list of semifinalists here.

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The 2015 Restaurant and Chef Award Semifinalists

The 2015 James Beard Foundation Restaurant and Chef Award Semifinalists

They're here! Below are the semifinalists for our 2015 Restaurant and Chef Award categories, from Outstanding Restaurant to Rising Star Chef of the Year.

 

Scroll down to see if your favorite restaurant or chef is in the running. (For a refresher on how these names were selected, read this.) And don't forget: we'll announce the final Restaurant and Chef Award nominees, as well as the nominations for our Book, Journalism, Broadcast Media, and Restaurant Design Awards, at the James Beard House in New York City on Tuesday, March 24.

 

The 2015 James Beard Awards gala will be held at the Lyric Opera of Chicago on Monday, May 4. The Foundation's Book, Broadcast & Journalism Awards Dinner will take place at Pier Sixty at Chelsea Piers in New York City on Friday, April 24.

 

RESTAURANT & CHEF

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One Week Away: The 2015 Semifinalist Announcement

The James Beard Awards | 25 Years

It’s a historic year for the James Beard Awards: we’re celebrating the program's 25th anniversary, and, for the first time ever, the Awards gala will be held in the city of Chicago. The Windy City has a rich history with the Foundation, boasting over 40 James Beard Award winners, including four Outstanding Chef medalists. We’re thrilled to honor the best of the culinary industry in this world-class destination. (Our Book, Broadcast & Journalism Awards Dinner will remain in New York City.)

 

The first milestone of JBFA season arrives next week. On the morning of Wednesday, February 18, we'll post the complete Restaurant and Chef Award semifinalist list right here on the JBF blog. This list will include our ten regional "Best Chef" awards, as well as national honors like Outstanding Restaurant, Rising Star Chef of the Year, and our brand new Outstanding Baker award.

 

Where do the... Read more >

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Throwback Thursday: JBF Award Winner Gavin Kaysen and the 2015 Bocuse d'Or

 

JBF Award winner Gavin Kaysen was one of the coaches of the U.S. team that brought home the silver medal from this year’s Bocuse d’Or, the world’s most prestigious cooking competition held biannually in Lyon, France. Kaysen, who won the JBF Rising Star Chef award in 2008, competed in the 2007 Bocuse d'Or, and has been involved with every subsequent American team. In this week's TBT we’re celebrating his hard-fought victory with this video of Kaysen on the red carpet at the JBF Awards in 2009, where he dished on breakfast, Café Boulud, and the significance of presenting the Rising Star category with JBF Award winner Jacques Pépin.

 

Stay tuned for updates on the 2015 James Beard Awards. The Restaurant and Chef Award semifinalist announcement is coming up on Wednesday, February 18.

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Humanitarian of the Year Michel Nischan in the NYT

2015 Humanitarian of the Year winner Michel Nischan

 

Last week we announced that chef and sustainability advocate Michel Nischan will receive our 2015 Humanitarian of the Year award. Right on the heels of this news, the New York Times profiled Nischan in this past weekend's "Download" column. Michel shared tidbits about his choice reads (one of his favorite books is James Beard's Beard on Bread), most cherished kitchen tools, and love of pétanque, the French analog of bocce ball. Read the full piece here.

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Richard Melman to Receive Lifetime Achievement Award; Michel Nischan is Humanitarian of the Year

 

Chicago restaurateur will recieve the 2015 James Beard Lifetime Achievement Award

 

 

Two big announcements from the JBFA team today: we've selected our 2015 Lifetime Achievement and Humanitarian of the Year honorees.

 

Accomplished Chicago restaurateur Richard Melman will receive this year's Lifetime Achievement award. As founder and chairman of Lettuce Entertain You Enterprises, Melman oversees more than 100 restaurants nationwide, and has mentored countless chefs and culinary professionals. He is a highly admired leader within Chicago and across the country, with business practices and a personal philosophy that have served as invaluable models to others in the industry.

 

 

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Throwback Thursday: Remembering James Beard

 

Yesterday, January 21, 2015, marked the thirtieth anniversary of James Beard's death. In honor of the culinary icon, this TBT we’re sharing some of our favorite quotes, from a man who was as prolific with the pencil as he was with the spatula:

 

“There is absolutely no substitute for the best. Good food cannot be made of inferior ingredients masked with high flavor.” (The Fireside Cookbook, p. 13)

 

“Grilling, broiling, barbecuing—whatever you want to call it—is an art, not just a matter of building a pyre and throwing on a piece of meat as a sacrifice to the gods of the stomach.” (Beard on Food, p. 20)

 

“The roe of the Russian mother sturgeon has probably been present at more important international affairs than have all... Read more >

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Awards Watch: Design Entries Due January 31

 

Calling all designers and architects: we're in the final weeks of our entry period for the 2015 James Beard Restaurant Design Awards. From now through Saturday, January 31, we're accepting submissions for two categories: Outstanding Restaurant Design: 75 Seats and Under; and Outstanding Restaurant Design: 76 Seats and Over. Any restaurant or design project that was completed or redone in North America after January 1, 2012 is eligible.

 

If you want to enter your restaurant for consideration, you can register and submit entries at awards.jamesbeard.org. Details about criteria and more can be found ... Read more >

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Awards Watch: Online Voting Ends December 31!

Nancy Silverton at the 2014 James Beard Awards

 

The clock is ticking: you only have three more days to tell us who you think should be nominated for a JBF Restaurant or Chef Award. Just register, log in, and submit a suggestion for any number of our 21 categories, including Outstanding Chef, Rising Star Chef of the Year, regional chefs, and our brand new Outstanding Baker award. Winners will be announced at the Lyric Opera of Chicago on May 4, 2015.

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Awards Watch: Book Submissions Due Today

2015 James Beard Book Award Entries Due December 15

 

Calling all authors, editors, and other publishing-industry folk: today is the last day to submit entries for the 2015 James Beard Book Awards. Submissions are by due by midnight.

 

We've received over 400 entries so far. Want to add your work to the mix? You can register and submit entries at awards.jamesbeard.org. Entry guidelines are here. Our Book Awards categories are:

 

American Cooking

Baking and Dessert

Beverage

Cooking from a Professional Point of View

Focus on Health

General Cooking

International

Reference and Scholarship

Single Subject

Vegetarian Focused and Vegetarian

Writing and Literature
 

 

2015 Book Award nominees will be... Read more >

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