The 2014 JBF Award Nominee Announcement: What You Need to Know

The Publican in Chicago

 

Let’s see: we’ve revealed the 2014 Restaurant and Chef semifinalists, shared our latest America’s Classics and Who's Who inductees, and announced who’s headlining the festivities at Lincoln Center and Gotham Hall this year. Have we missed anything? Ah, yes: the nominee announcement!

 

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Awards Watch: The 2014 Who's Who of Food & Beverage in America

James Beard Award Medallion

 

The James Beard Foundation is proud to announce the six 2014 inductees to the Who’s Who of Food & Beverage in America. This prestigious award is given to renowned culinary professionals who have made a significant and unique contribution to the American food and beverage industry. We'll be honoring the new class at our Awards ceremony at Lincoln Center in May.

 

The 2014 Who’s Who of Food & Beverage in America inductees are:

 

Food Writer Edward Behr
Edward Behr is the editor and publisher of the quarterly food magazine, The Art of Eating. First published as an eight-page newsletter in 1986, it has grown to become one of the most respected magazines about food and wine.

 

Chef and Restaurateur John Besh
John Besh is a chef and native son dedicated to the culinary riches of southern Louisiana. Besh has nine restaurants including his flagship restaurant, August, which merges... Read more >

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Awards Watch: Meet the 2014 America's Classics

Meet the James Beard Foundation's 2014 America's Classics

 

Today we're excited to announce the recipients of one of our most popular awards: the America's Classics! This honor is given to regional establishments, often family-owned, that are treasured for their quality food, local character, and lasting appeal. Read on to learn more about our 2014 America's Classics. (Read the full press release here.)

 

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Hansen’s Sno Bliz, New Orleans (Owner: Ashley Hansen)

 

Meet the James Beard Foundation's 2014 America's Classics

 

The snow-ball, one of the city’s iconic desserts was practically invented at Hansen’s. Made of shaved-to-order ice, a Hansen’s snow-ball -- which... Read more >

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The 2014 Restaurant and Chef Award Semifinalists

The 2014 James Beard Foundation Awards Restaurant and Chef Award Semifinalists
 

They're here! This morning we announced the semifinalists for our 2014 Restaurant and Chef Award categories, from Outstanding Restaurant to Rising Star Chef of the Year. Our announcement took place in Orlando, one of Florida's burgeoning culinary hubs. We'd like to thank Visit Orlando for making the event possible.

 

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 nominations, as well as the nominations for our Book, Journalism, Broadcast, and Restaurant Design Awards, at the Publican in Chicago on Tuesday, March 18.

 

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Awards Watch: Sirio Maccioni to Receive 2014 Lifetime Achievement Award

Sirio Maccioni, one of New York City's most iconic restaurateurs, will receive the 2014 James Beard Award for Lifetime Achievement.

 

The James Beard Foundation is pleased to announce that Sirio Maccioni, one of New York City's most iconic restaurateurs, will receive the 2014 James Beard Award for Lifetime Achievement. Owner of the legendary Le Cirque, Maccioni has been a fixture of Manhattan fine dining for nearly 50 years, setting enduring benchmarks for hospitality and launching the careers of some of the city's most celebrated chefs. He will be honored at this year’s James Beard Foundation Awards on Monday, May 5 at New York's Lincoln Center.

 

Read the full press release here.

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JBF Awards Highlights!

 

We want to thank everyone who made last night's festivities such a huge success. Congrats to all of the winners and nominees!

 

Here's a highlight reel from our amazing Awards production team at Linton Media. You can see more of their work on our YouTube channel.

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Gala Chef Q & A: David Myers

David Myers

 

David Myers, Hinoki & the Bird, San Francisco

 

What’s your go-to guilty-pleasure food?

Late-night pasta and wine, followed by Gummi Bears.

 

What’s your favorite movie, and why?

I have a lot, but Blade Runner is my go-to movie. The music by Vangelis is perfect.

 

Describe the last great meal you ate.

Sushi in Tokyo at Nakamura.

 

What’s the dish you’re most proud of?

I don’t focus on one dish. I like the ability to change constantly.

 

What’s your earliest food memory?

Picking vegetables from the garden and cooking them right away as a part of my daily task.

 

What do you eat for breakfast?

A four-minute boiled egg and crispy nori.

 

What’s your favorite healthy food?

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Gala Chef Q & A: JBF Award Winner Traci Des Jardins

JBF Award winner Traci Des Jardins

 

JBF Award Winner Traci Des Jardins, Jardinière, San Francisco

 

What’s your go-to guilty-pleasure food?

Tortilla chips and salsa.

 

Describe the last great meal you ate.

I had a great bite the other night: griddled rice cake with uni in soy butter and watercress. It was divine—texture, flavors, everything.

 

What’s the dish you’re most proud of?

I don’t have favorites—that would be like saying you have a favorite child.

 

What’s your favorite movie snack?

Popcorn with real butter.

 

What’s your earliest food memory?

Eating oatmeal in my high chair.

 

What do you eat for breakfast?

Cottage cheese with coarse salt, pepper, and olive oil.

 

What’s your favorite healthy food?

Lacinato kale.

 

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Food in Film: Gourmets

From food fights to fava beans and a nice Chianti, here are some more memorable food scenes.

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Gala Chef Q & A: JBF Award Winner Grant Achatz

 

JBF Award Winner Grant Achatz, The Aviary, Chicago

 

What’s your go-to guilty-pleasure food?

Pizza.

 

What’s your favorite movie, and why

Big Fish. It's a fairy tale and a life lesson.

 

Describe the last great meal you ate.

The French Laundry—need I say more?

 

What’s your favorite movie snack?

Cheese-flavored Pirate's Booty.

 

What’s your earliest food memory?

Making cherry Jell-O.

 

What do you eat for breakfast?

Coffee.

 

What’s your favorite healthy food?

Juices from Peeled, a local juice company.

 

What was your first job in the culinary world?

At my parents’ restaurant.

 

What movie are you ashamed to admit you love?

The Goonies.

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