Interview with Outstanding Chef Award Nominee David Kinch

David Kinch of Manresa

 

Critically acclaimed for his inventive, Michelin-starred California cuisine at Manresa, David Kinch has followed his 2010 Best Chef: Pacific win with three straight Outstanding Chef semifinalist nods. Here, the 2014 JBF Award nominee tells us about his new cookbook, a recent food-filled jaunt to Japan, and where he finds his inspiration to continue evolving as a chef.

 

JBF: What’s your favorite item on the current Manresa menu?

 

David Kinch: Our menu changes before you can get really comfortable with any particular item. However, at the moment, we have these tiny, sweet carrots served in an Asian-style beef broth with toasted buckwheat and breadcrumbs that I’m very fond of.

 

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Interview with Outstanding Chef Award Nominee Sean Brock

Sean Brock is a nominee for the 2014 James Beard Award for Oustanding Chef

 

For the second year in a row, the well-rounded Sean Brock, whose obsessions stretch from fine-tuning burgers and fried chicken to resurrecting heirloom seeds and studying Senegalese cookery, is nominated for the JBF Award for Outstanding Chef. Below, Brock tells us about his sprawling cookbook, an upcoming Charleston concept, and much more.

 

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JBF: Let's start with a subject that's near and dear to your heart: burgers. You do such an admired one at Husk. What are some other chef-driven burgers that have you have tried and really loved?

 

SB: For me, burgers are an enormous passion. But anything that's an icon like that is going to result in some really bad versions of it. For every ten bad ones, there's a half-good one. People try to do too much to it. You have to keep it simple. So, my favorite burgers? The one at... Read more >

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Interview with JBF Award Nominee Blaine Wetzel of the Willows Inn on Lummi Island

 

Tucked away in an archipelago off the coast of Washington lies the elegant Willows Inn on Lummi Island, where chef Blaine Wetzel helms the nationally renowned kitchen. Here, the four-time nominee for Rising Star Chef of the Year tell us about his formative culinary experiences, how he draws inspiration from the Pacific Northwest’s terroir, and the ubiquitous food trend he hopes will disappear.

 

JBF: How would you describe your culinary style? 

 

Blaine Wetzel: My culinary style is determined by geography. The Pacific Northwest offers an abundance of beautiful ingredients that shape the way we cook. Whether it’s wild salmon, our garden's cherry blossoms, or the first nettles of the season, we just try to showcase that particular item. 

 

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Interview with Maxwell Britten of Maison Premiere

Maxwell Britten of Maison Premiere

 

With its rigorous cocktail program, romantic environs, and dapper staff, Outstanding Bar Award nominee Maison Premiere is an oasis of Old World style in Brooklyn’s Pabst Blue Ribbon country. Below, beverage director Maxwell Britten tells us about his favorite drink on the current menu, the first recipe he mastered as a young barkeep, and how to make a great mint julep for your Kentucky Derby bash.   

 

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JBF: How would you sum up the Maison Premiere philosophy?

 

MB: I think the overall goal is to have a transporting experience for our guests. We try to do this through both visuals and the menu. As you walk in the door, the first thing you see is the horseshoe bar. You see the absinthe fountain made of green marble, and the pristinely dressed bartenders with suspenders and slicked-back hair. And then there's the menu, which is like an archive... Read more >

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Letter from the President: If Music Be the Food of Love, Play On!

David H. Kock Theater, home to the 2014 James Beard Awards

 

Shakespeare had it right! For centuries the musical arts and the culinary arts have been linked. And a great chef, like a talented musician, plays all the right notes.

 

Long before he became television’s first foodie, James Beard pursued a career in music. After studying opera in London, he came to New York with the dream of making it at the Metropolitan Opera or on Broadway. But like many struggling actors, he ended up paying the rent through a career in food. And aren’t we all better for it?

 

Many of the chefs we know and love had earlier careers as musicians, or have been influenced by music in some way. Our dining experiences are enhanced by custom-made playlists, and chefs have achieved what many have called “rock star” status. This year the James Beard Awards theme is “Sounds of the City,” and it celebrates this enduring relationship between music and food. After the medals are handed out, the gala reception at Lincoln Center’s... Read more >

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Awards Watch: 2014 Journalism Nominees

The 2014 James Beard Foundation Journalism Nominees

 

Want to check out our 2014 Journalism Award nominees, but don't know where to start? We've done the hard work for you and compiled links to all of the stories that are up for medals. Now have at it!

 

The 2014 James Beard Awards will be held in New York City in May. The Book, Broadcast, and Journalism Awards ceremony will take place at Gotham Hall on Friday, May 2, with the James Beard Awards Gala to follow on Monday, May 5, at Lincoln Center's David H. Koch Theater. Tickets to the main gala are now on sale, while the Book, Broadcast, and Journalism Awards ceremony is by invitation only.

 

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Cooking, Recipes, or Instruction

 

Scott Mowbray and Ann Taylor Pittman
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Awards Watch: 2014 Broadcast & New Media Nominees

The 2014 James Beard Foundation Broadcast & New Media Nominees

 

If it's true that you eat with your eyes (and, uh, ears?), then there's a huge feast for you below. We've gathered links to all of our Broadcast & New Media Award nominees, a compelling bounty of food-related television, webcasts, and radio. Please note that some of this content is password-protected, but we've provided all of the necessary credentials.

 

The 2014 James Beard Awards will be held in New York City in May. The Book, Broadcast, and Journalism Awards ceremony will take place at Gotham Hall on Friday, May 2, with the James Beard Awards Gala to follow on Monday, May 5, at Lincoln Center's David H. Koch Theater. Tickets to the main gala on now on sale, while the Book, Broadcast, and Journalism Awards ceremony is by invitation only.

 

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Buy 2014 Book Award Nominees in the JBF Amazon Store

The James Beard Foundation Amazon Store

 

Isn't it funny how your shelves always seem to have room for just one more cookbook? Good thing we just added this year's batch of JBF Book Award–nominated titles to our Amazon store. Go buy one—or anything else, for that matter—and the James Beard Foundation will get a cut of the purchase. Go on, you know you want to.

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On the Menu: Maison Premiere

Brooklyn's Maison Premiere is coming to the James Beard House

 

A Brooklyn destination and a 2014 nominee for our Outstanding Bar Program award, Maison Premiere is visiting the James Beard House tomorrow. Daniel and Blue Hill alum Lisa Giffen and head bartender Maxwell Britten will give diners a taste of the saloon's seafood-driven menu and serious cocktail list. See the menu here.

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The Complete 2014 JBF Award Nominees

The 2014 James Beard Award nominees

 

Didn't catch today's nominee announcement in Chicago? Don't fret: we've posted the entire list below. 

 

The 2014 James Beard Awards will be held in New York City in May. The Book, Broadcast, and Journalism Awards ceremony will take place at Gotham Hall on Friday, May 2, with the James Beard Awards Gala to follow on Monday, May 5, at Lincoln Center's David H. Koch Theater. Tickets to the main gala go on sale today, while the Book, Broadcast, and Journalism Awards ceremony is by invitation only.

 

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2014 James Beard Foundation Broadcast and New Media Awards

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