Gala Chef Q & A: JBF Award Winner Matt Molina

JBF Award winner Matt Molina

 

JBF Award Winner Matt Molina, Pizzeria Mozza, Los Angeles

 

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

Ice cream.

 

What’s your favorite movie, and why?

The Natural. It makes me feel nostalgic about my childhood.

 

Describe the last great meal you ate.

Bludso’s BBQ. Because it was tasty, and there was beer and— more importantly—my friends.

 

What’s the dish you’re most proud of?

Bucatini alla amatriciana.

 

What’s your favorite movie snack?

Popcorn.

 

What’s your earliest food memory?

Penne with sausage and tomato.

 

What do you eat for breakfast?

Cereal.

 

What was your first job in the culinary world?

Prep cook at a trattoria.

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A Chef, an Actor, a Restaurant Critic, a Food Stylist, and a Professor Walk into the Beard House: A Roundtable Discussion on Food and Film

 

The making of the timpano in Big Night. The edge-of-your-seat ending of Kings of Pastry. The food-as-foreplay scene in Tom Jones. As a prop, a plot device, and, more recently, the main subject, food has long played a pivotal role in some of our favorite cinematic experiences (not all of them appetizing: La Grande Bouffe, anyone?).

 

To gain insight into this cultural intersection in anticipation of the film-focused 2013 Beard Awards, our own Mitchell Davis moderated a lively roundtable discussion in the Beard House boardroom between actor and JBF Awards host Oliver Platt, New York magazine restaurant critic (and Oliver’s brother) Adam Platt, chef and film buff Paul Liebrandt, film food stylist and former Martha Stewart Living food editorial director Susan Spungen, and New School food studies professor Fabio Parasecoli.

 

Over the course of several hours—and an excellent dinner prepared by Philly-based chef Joe Cicala—the group discussed... Read more >

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Food in Film: Opening Video

Welcome to the 2013 Beard Awards! This year's theme is Lights! Camera! Taste!: Spotlight on Food & Film. Here are some of our favorite cinematic food moments.

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How to Follow the 2013 Beard Awards

James Beard Awards night at New York City's Lincoln Center


Not joining us for the ceremonies this year? Not to worry! There are plenty of ways for you to get your fill of the Beards online.

 

Our Twitter page will be fired up for this Friday's Book, Broadcast & Journalism Awards dinner at New York City's Gotham Hall, as well as for Monday night's gala at Lincoln Center. Winners will be tweeted as they are announced on stage. As always, you can use hashtag #jbfa to participate in Awards-related tweeting.

 

On Monday, here on our blog, we'll be posting videos about the America's Classics inductees, Q &... Read more >

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2013 Publication of the Year

ChopChop is the James Beard Foundation's 2013 Publication of the Year

 

ChopChop demonstrates that a print publication with the right message can still shine: its pages and its lively website, chopchopmag.com, pulse with energy. The magazine features smart recipes and engaging projects that are fun and informative for both the children and the grownups who read it. The photographs are lively, the layout upbeat, and the stories send positive messages about eating right and cooking with healthy ingredients without ever talking down to readers.

 

We applaud ChopChop’s mission: “To inspire and teach kids to cook and eat real food with their families.” And we uphold its philosophy: “We believe that cooking and eating together
as a family is a vital step in resolving the obesity and hunger epidemics.”

 

ChopChop is the brainchild of cookbook author Sally Sampson, who sought a way to use her... Read more >

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2013 Journalism Awards Recap

Here's our final recap from tonight's ceremony: the Journalism Award winners! Stay tuned for Publication of the Year.

 

The 2013 Journalism Award winners:

 

Cooking, Recipes, or Instruction
Matt Goulding, Matthew Kadey with Tamar Adler, and Paul Kita
Men’s Health
The Butcher Is Back!,” “The Six-Pack Foods of Summer,” “Southern Food Rises Again

 

Craig Claiborne Distinguished Restaurant Review Award
Tejal Rao
Village Voice
“Bangkok Pop, No Fetishes,” “The Sweet Taste of Success,”... Read more >

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2013 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.

 

Want to add some of these winners to your collection? Purchase them (or anything!) from our Amazon store and a percentage of the sale will be donated to JBF.

 

The 2013 Book Award winners:

 

Cookbook Hall of Fame
Anne Willan

 

American Cooking
Mastering the Art of Southern Cooking
by Nathalie Dupree and Cynthia Graubart
(Gibbs Smith)

 

Baking and Dessert
Flour Water Salt Yeast: The Fundamentals of Artisan Bread and Pizza
by Ken Forkish
(Ten Speed Press)

 

Beverage
Wine Grapes: A Complete Guide to 1,368 Vine Varieties, Including Their Origins and Flavours
by Jancis Robinson, Julia Harding, and
José Vouillamoz
(Ecco)

 

Cooking from a Professional Point of View... Read more >

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2013 Cookbook Hall of Fame Inductee: Anne Willan

Anne Willan is the 2013 James Beard Foundation Cookbook Hall of Fame inductee

 

In a long career as a culinary educator and writer, Anne Willan has been recognized many times for her skills as a teacher, for her scholarship, and for her thoughtful, plainspoken approach to subjects as varied as the developing form of the recipe and the boning of a trout. This year the James Beard Foundation is pleased to induct her into the Cookbook Hall of Fame for a distinguished body of work of remarkable diversity and expertise.

 

As the author or co-author of more than 30 books of instruction and culinary history, Willan has made a series of important contributions to the way in which home cooks, professional cooks, and culinary students learn. Her seminal and lamentably out-of-print La Varenne Pratique (Clarkson Potter, 1989) was inspired by the course of instruction at her École de Cuisine La Varenne, which opened in Paris in 1975. The clarity of its voice, its focus on acquainting readers with the widest... Read more >

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2013 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 2013 Broadcast and New Media Award winners:

 

Radio Show/Audio Webcast
Fear of Frying
Host: Nina Barrett
Area: WBEZ
Producer: Lynette Kalsnes

 

Special/Documentary (Television or Video Webcast)
The Restaurateur
Network: PBS
Producer: Roger Sherman

 

Television Program, In Studio or Fixed Location
CBS Sunday Morning: “Eat, Drink and Be Merry”
Host: Charles Osgood
Network: CBS
Producers: Gavin Boyle, Amol Mhatre, Rand Morrison, Amy Rosner, Jason Sacca, and Robin Sanders

 

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

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Book, Broadcast & Journalism Chef Q & A: Matthew Riznyk

 

Matthew Riznyk, Great Performances, NYC

 

What’s your go-to guilty-pleasure food?
I head over to Hakata Tonton in the West Village for some grilled motsu [offal] and pigs’ feet washed down with a few Sapporos.

 

What’s your favorite movie, and why?
Y Tu Mamá También. I lived in San Diego when I was younger, and we would take road trips to Mexico all the time. We camped on the beach, ate at roadside shacks, and drank cold beers well into the night with the locals. I know some of our trips were inspired by watching this movie.

 

What’s the dish you’re most proud of?
My 92-year-old Polish grandmother has made her pierogis by hand for as long as I can remember. A couple of years ago I came up with a dish of potato gnocchi with smoked bacon, caramelized onion, and fresh cream, a nod to my Italian and Polish roots combined in one dish.

 

What do you eat for breakfast?
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