2014 Broadcast and New Media Awards Recap

 

Here are the winners of this year's Broadcast and New Media Awards. We will reveal the winner of the Outstanding Personality/Host award at the end of the night.

 

The 2014 Broadcast and New Media Award winners, presented by Lenox Tableware and Gifts:

 

Radio Show/Audio Webcast
This American Life
Host: Ben Calhoun
Area: Public Radio
Producer: Ben Calhoun

 

Special/Documentary
Eating Alabama
Network: PBS

 

Television Program, in Studio or Fixed Location
Martha Stewart’s Cooking School
Host: Martha Stewart
Network: PBS
Producers: Greta Anthony, Christina Deyo, Michael Morrison, Olivia Schneider, Martha Stewart, Calia Van Dyk, and Lisa Wagner

 

Television Program, on Location
The Mind of a Chef
Host: Anthony... Read more >

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2014 Book Awards Recap

 

Here are tonight's Book Award winners! The winner of the Cookbook of the Year award will be announced toward the end of the ceremony.

 

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The 2014 Book Award winners:

 

American Cooking
The New Midwestern Table: 200 Heartland Recipes
Amy Thielen
(Random House)

 

Baking and Dessert
The Art of French Pastry
Jacquy Pfeiffer with Martha Rose Shulman
(Knopf) 

 

Beverage  
The Cocktail Lab: Unraveling the Mysteries of Flavor and Aroma in Drink, with Recipes
Tony Conigliaro
(Ten Speed Press)

 

Cooking from a... Read more >

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2014 JBF Cookbook Hall of Fame: Diana Kennedy

Cuisines of Mexico

 

This award is given to a cookbook or body of work that has had a significant and enduring impact on the way we cook and understand food.

 

We have the late Craig Claiborne to thank for the force that is Diana Kennedy. A casual suggestion made to Kennedy during Claiborne’s days as the New York Times restaurant critic led her to write The Cuisines of Mexico, an achievement of meticulous research, fine writing, and groundbreaking recipes that by itself would merit its author a place in the James Beard Foundation’s Cookbook Hall of Fame. But Kennedy, never satisfied, as anyone who has spent time with her knows, kept researching, kept cooking, and kept writing books that just barely met her perfectionist standards and raised the bar for all who followed in her footsteps.

 

Kennedy lives what she writes. All around her adobe home in the mountains of Michoacán, she grows a botanist’s dream of indigenous herbs, fruits, and vegetables. And she has... Read more >

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Interview with Outstanding Chef Award Nominee Nancy Silverton of Pizzeria Mozza

Elena North-Kelly interviews Nancy Silverton, a nominee for the James Beard Foundation's 2014 Outstanding Chef award

 

After proving her pastry chops at Campanile and La Brea and taking home the JBF Outstanding Pastry Chef award in 1991, Nancy Silverton set out to open her own restaurant in Los Angeles, which bloomed into a celebrated empire and a mecca for serious Italian food lovers. Here, the 2014 Outstanding Chef award nominee tell us about the most spectacular pizza crust she’s ever tasted, her favorite flavor combination, and the moment she knew she wanted to become a chef.

 

JBF: What item on the current Pizzeria Mozza menu are you most proud of?

 

NS: I’d have to say our pizza dough, the quality of the crust. It’s the heart and soul of our pizzeria, and what I believe sets us apart. There’s no secret ingredient, just the subtle nuances of the method that we use to achieve a crust that’s... Read more >

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Contractual Cravings

candy

 

What is it about celebrities and their eating habits that make such great tabloid fodder? Media empires have been built around the ridiculous rumors that abound about everyone from old-school crooners to pop princesses—but we couldn’t care less about who has had a nip or a tuck; we’re more interested in what they allegedly like to tuck into while in the greenroom.

 

Jumbo shrimp is an understandable enough request, and has supposedly turned up on the riders of Old Blue Eyes (in addition to an almost-full bar and some Life Savers) and the Beach Boys, who like their crustaceans with sides of fruit, alfalfa sprouts, and peanut M&Ms.

 

Members of Aerosmith reportedly have more internationally inspired cravings, including chicken tikka with yogurt and mint dip. At the other end of the spectrum, Britney Spears is said to request McDonald’s cheeseburgers (sans buns), and some say Axl Rose likes to pair... Read more >

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Interview with Eric Johnson of Bar Agricole

Anna Mowry interviews Eric Johnson of Bar Agricole, a nominee for the 2014 James Beard Award for Outstanding Bar Program

 

At San Francisco’s Bar Agricole, ingredients are only used at peak condition and spirit producers are closely vetted. Even the bitters in the bar’s version of an Old Fashioned had to earn the team’s stamp of intensely discerning approval. We talked with Eric Johnson, bar manager and co-owner of this Outstanding Bar Program nominee, about his new spinoff, favorite watering holes, and more.  

 

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JBF: How would you sum up Bar Agricole's approach to making drinks to someone who has never had one there? 

 

EJ: We are an ingredient-driven bar that uses traditional recipes as our inspiration. We look for spirits that have a sense of place and tradition in how they are made, without added flavors or colors to make them more appealing to the heavily commercial spirits market. A... Read more >

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Awards Watch: Our Esteemed Hosts

 

Here's a look at the headliners who will be manning the podiums at the Beard Award ceremonies on May 2 and May 5. Don't forget: you can watch a live stream of Monday's ceremony here

 

Ted Allen is host of the 2014 James Beard Awards

Master of Ceremonies and JBF Award Winner Ted Allen

Host of Food Network's Chopped and America's Best Cook

 

James Beard Award winner Ted Allen is host of the hit series Chopped on Food Network, as well as a frequent contributor to the network’s The Best Thing I Ever Ate series. He was a judge on the first four seasons of Bravo’s Top Chef and Food Network’s Iron Chef America, and was the food and wine specialist on the groundbreaking Bravo... Read more >

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Mix Masters: How Three ’90s Icons Cooked Up a Funky Fresh Blend of Food and Music

Cibo Matto

 

2 Chainz couldn’t make it to the listening party at the Bon Appétit kitchen—he was delayed by a nine-hour stand-off with police in Oklahoma. Disappointed fans would have to wait to hear the rapper’s latest album and peruse the accompanying cookbook, #MealTime, featuring his favorite tour bus recipes. Those who needed a little something to tide them over could turn to Action Bronson, the culinary school grad and former chef, who made his bones with rhymes like “I’m on the art and the food scene. F*** rap, laying back eatin’ poutine.”

 

You don’t have to be a hip-hop head to notice the worlds of music and food getting hot and heavy lately. You may have read in Saveur about rockers trading their studded leather for chef’s coats. Or perhaps you’ve enjoyed a lick of “cinnamon and lesbians,” a soft-serve collaboration between Christina Tosi of Momofuku Milk Bar and indie vet Stephen Malkmus. (Think of it as hipster... Read more >

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Interview with Rising Star Nominee David Posey

 

Now nearly 17 years old, Blackbird isn’t just one of Chicago’s most dependable fine restaurants; it’s still striving and innovating under the confident vision of chef de cuisine David Posey. A repeat nominee for Rising Star Chef of the Year, chef Posey tells us what to order on the current menu, his favorite new Windy City spots, and more.

 

 

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JBF: Dana Cree, Blackbird’s pastry chef, is also a nominated for a Beard Award this year. How do you two work together? Does she have total autonomy over the dessert program? What do you like about her desserts?

 

DP: Dana and I work and collaborate very well together. We bounce ideas off one another, share inspiration, and test dishes on each other. Both Dana and I, for the most part, have complete autonomy over our menus. However, executive chef Paul Kahan has the final say. I like seeing the evolution of her pastries from inception to the final plated... Read more >

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A Soundtrack to Savor

2014 JBF Award nominee Matt Jennings gives us his ideal playlist

 

A JBF Award nominee and self-professed music geek, Matt Jennings gave us his ideal playlist for a day in his life as chef of Farmstead, Inc., an acclaimed farm- and artisan-driven restaurant in Providence, Rhode Island.

 

Morning

City and Colour: The Hurry and the Harm (2013)

“Dallas Green, the former singer for the now defunct post-hardcore band Alexisonfire, has completely come into his own with this release. He croons. He swoons. His falsetto spreads like butter over low-reverb toast. A perfect wake-up-and-smell-the-coffee album.”

 

Daytime Prep

Sparta: Wiretap Scars (2002)

“During prep, it’s important that the crew keeps moving and pushing hard right up to service. I’m a hardcore and punk fan, and this album has the kind of driving sound that keeps you on track and... Read more >

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