Meet the 2015 Outstanding Personality/Host Broadcast Award Nominees

 

With so many resources for recipes, restaurants, and culinary curiosities, it can seem overwhelming to try to figure out what exactly you want to learn or discover. That’s where this year’s nominees for the James Beard Award for Outstanding Personality/Host come in. These individuals strive to be curators for home cooks and amateur anthropologist—foodies, inviting us into their kitchens or having us tag along on their adventures to help ensure viewers get only the cream of the content crop. 

 

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Host: Ina Garten
Barefoot Contessa: Back to Basics
Airs on: Food Network

After over a decade on the air, Ina Garten’s Barefoot Contessa sets the standard for high-quality, elegant entertaining recipes. Self-assured without ever being patronizing, Garten... Read more >

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Interview with David Chang of Outstanding Restaurant Nominee Momofuku Noodle Bar

 

When David Chang opened his first restaurant in 2004, he lit a ramen-noodle fuse that set off a New York sensation and a launching pad for an international empire. Now that Momofuku Noodle Bar is an Outstanding Restaurant nominee, we caught up with the culinary icon—a winner of nearly every Beard Award (and non-Beard Award) out there and one of Time magazine’s 100 Most Influential People—to discuss why he considers himself a “normavore,” the inspiration behind Momofuku’s cult-favorite culinary lab, and the unsung heroes of his business.

 

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JBF: You won the Rising Star Chef award while you were at Momofuku Noodle Bar in 2007, Outstanding Chef in 2013, and now the restaurant itself is up for Outstanding Restaurant this year. Can you tell us anything about Noodle Bar’s evolution during this time?

 

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How to Follow the 2015 Beard Awards

Lyric Opera of Chicago

 

Not joining us at the ceremonies in Chicago or New York this year? Not a problem. It's easy to follow the Beards online.

 

Our Twitter feed will be fired up for tonight's Book, Broadcast & Journalism Awards ceremony at Pier Sixty at Chelsea Piers in New York, as well as for the James Beard Awards Gala at Lyric Opera of Chicago on May 4. Winners will be tweeted as they are announced on stage. As always, you can use hashtag #jbfa to participate in Awards-related tweeting.

 

Also on May 4, we'll be streaming the ceremony live at jamesbeard.org/awards. And make sure to come back to jamesbeard.org/blog for Awards-... Read more >

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Meet the 2015 Visual and Technical Excellence Broadcast Award Nominees

 

These days, anyone with a smartphone can call themselves a food photographer, but fortunately, the skilled eye of a professional can still easily stand out against the crowd. The nominees for this year’s James Beard Award in Visual and Technical Excellence reveal the nuance and subtlety of food imagery, going far beyond the basic concept of “food porn” to convey the intimate details and raw connections we form with what we grow, cook, and eat.

 

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A Chef’s Life
Director: Cynthia Hill
Director of Photography: Rex Miller
Editor: Tom Vickers
 

So much of the common conception of restaurant life is based around major metropolises, but beyond the bright city lights, owning a running a restaurant still presents a daunting task. A Chef’s Life documents the everyday stumbling blocks and... Read more >

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Test Your Eat-Q: James Beard Awards Trivia

Are you a Beard Awards pro? Test your medallion mastery with this quiz:

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Meet the 2015 Video Webcast, Fixed Location and/or Instructional Broadcast Award Nominees

 

One billion people can’t be wrong. That’s the number of users on YouTube, and a large portion of them are increasingly looking to the web for the kind of food-related content that was previously the purview of television. This year’s nominees for the James Beard Award in Video Webcast, Fixed Location and/or Instructional offer up recipes, techniques, and innovations on cooking and eating, reaching a global audience with just the click of a mouse.
 

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ChefSteps
Host: Grant Lee Crilly and Chris Young
Producer: Richard B. Wallace
 

Go between the layers of laminated dough, perfect your quick pan sauce, or dabble in molecular gastronomy with help from ChefSteps, a series of online videos that break down cooking to its basics. The collaborative effort of chefs, filmmakers, designers,... Read more >

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Throwback Thursday: Memories from the First Annual Beard Awards

 

The countdown continues: the 2015 James Beard Awards are less than two weeks away! The excitement is contagious and, no surprise, it's all that we can talk about. Not all of us were fortunate enough to hop aboard the extravagant yacht where the very first Beard Awards were held 25 years ago, but for this week's TBT, we chatted with a team member lucky enough to witness the inaugural celebration back in 1991. Here are some of our manager of special projects and student programs Shelley Menaged's memorable moments from the very first JBF Awards: 

 

"I was a student volunteer assisting JBF Award winner Emeril Lagasse in the kitchen. I was fresh out of cooking school, so I was very eager. For me, it was an amazing experience. He made a crayfish étouffée and buttery biscuits. It was my first experience doing large production and we were in the tiniest kitchen.”

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Staff Picks: Favorite Memories from the Beard Awards

 

As we prepare to roll out the red carpet and chill the Champagne for our 25th anniversary of the Beard Awards this May, we're feeling nostalgic about some poignant, awkward, and even downright absurd moments from years past. Below, some favorite Awards memories from JBF staff.

 

 

“My favorite Awards memory is definitely the time when Trisha [Loyola, JBF’s financial reporting & compliance manager] and I literally bumped into Carla Hall, and with typical Carla aplomb, she scrunched us in with her and had someone snap a photo. That picture now hangs by my desk, in all its terrible cellphone glory.”—Victoria Jordan Rodriguez,... Read more >

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Meet the 2015 Video Webcast (on Location) Broadcast Award Nominees

 

The nimble eye of online video can take viewers inside the houses of home cooks, into the kitchens of restaurants old and new, and across the world to investigate the flavors of a foreign land. This year’s nominees for the James Beard Award in Video Webcast, on Location capture the meditative calm of home cooking, the meticulous drive of culinary craftsmen, and the enduring allure of kitchens beyond our everyday horizons.

 

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food.curated
Host: Liza de Guia
Producer: Liza de Guia
Food.curated explores the eclectic mix of passionate purveyors that make up our current food scene. Liza de Guia’s fascination with storytelling extends to her subjects, who marry a zeal for the... Read more >

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Interview with JBF Award Nominee Ron Cooper of Del Maguey Single Village Mezcal

 

The revival of mezcal as a celebrated spirit was anything but an overnight success. Ron Cooper, nominated for the Award for Outstanding Wine, Beer, or Spirits professional, has worked tirelessly for the last two decades to bring the traditions of Oaxaca to the global market through his company, Del Maguey Single Village Mezcal. Read on to learn more about Del Maguey’s humble origins, Cooper’s devotion to tradition, and how the dedication to highlighting and supporting the local Mexican distillers has transformed mezcal into the darling of craft bartending. 

 

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JBF: It's written that your work as an artist is what led you to make mezcal. How does your background in art continue to inform your products?

 

Ron Cooper: For everyone at Del Maguey, these Single Village mezcals... Read more >

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