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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Meet the 2015 Television Segment Broadcast Award Nominees

 

Food stories on the morning or evening news provide a crucial conduit between the culinary world and the larger broadcast audience. This year’s nominees for the James Beard Award in Television Segment serve as curators for the public, highlighting the latest openings, best local offerings, recipes, and national trends.

 

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CBS This Morning’s “The Dish”
Host: Anthony Mason and Vinita Nair
Producers: Brian Applegate, Greg Mirman, and Marci Waldman
Airs on: CBS

 

CBS This Morning’s “The Dish” gets the inside scoop on the food world, featuring wide-ranging coverage of the movers and shakers of the culinary scene, from peeks behind the curtain of producers like Pat LaFrieda Meat Purveyors, to interviews with chefs and cookbook authors sharing tried and true tips and recipes.

 


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Interview with JBF Award Nominee Harlen Wheatley of Buffalo Trace Distillery

 

Harlen Wheatley is an undisputed whiskey authority: at Buffalo Trace Distillery, one of America’s most acclaimed and historic bourbon producers, the man has worked on every aspect of the business, from sourcing raw materials to barrel-aging. We got in touch with the 2015 Outstanding Wine, Beer, or Spirits Professional award nominee to get the scoop on his standard drink order, how his chemistry background has informed his product, and the lowdown on the cult-like Pappy brand. 

 

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JBF: Buffalo Trace is one of the oldest distilleries in the county, having crafted bourbon whiskey for over 200 years and counting. How would you sum up the philosophy of the distillery and your products? 

 

Harlen Wheatley: The philosophy is to honor our legacy while embracing change.  We focus on delivering authentic products that consumers can have confidence in while balancing innovation... Read more >

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Meet the 2015 Television Program (on Location) Broadcast Award Nominees

 

Television allows viewers to travel across broad expanses, within cultural confines, or even inside of the mind of complete strangers. The nominees for the James Beard Award in Television Program, on Location use food as a medium to test the boundaries of human experience, from the cuisines of far-flung exotic locales to the ins and outs of a chef’s daily life, to normally unspoken motivations and influences that drive today’s top toques.

 

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Bizarre Foods
Host: Andrew Zimmern
Producers: Colleen Needles Steward, Shannon Keenan Demers, Andrew Zimmern, David Barksy, Tammy Bloom, Patrick Weiland, and Tye Schulke
Airs on: Travel Channel

 

Is there anything JBF Award winner Andrew Zimmern won’t eat? For fourteen seasons his chronically curious palate has roamed the globe, introducing viewers to cultures both exotic and close to home... Read more >

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