Q&A with JBF Taste America All-Star Michel Nischan


It’s hard to find a more passionate advocate for American cooking than JBF Award winner Michel Nischan. From his own career as a chef to the expansive efforts of his nonprofit Wholesome Wave, Nischan has worked tirelessly to increase access to fresh fruit and vegetables for Americans across the country. The James Beard Foundation’s Taste America®, our ten-city epicurean tour, is stopping off in Phoenix this weekend, where Nischan will promote his ethos of local and regional agricultural appreciation with like minded fellow Beard Award winner Chris Bianco, as well as the cream of the crop of the Phoenix restaurant scene. Read on to discover Nischan’s tips on starting your own vegetable garden, his view on our growing Chefs Boot Camps for Policy and... Read more >

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James Beard Foundation's Taste America® Preview: Phoenix


The James Beard Foundation’s Taste America® national epicurean tour continues this weekend with three days of star-studded events in Phoenix, featuring Taste America All-Star and JBF Award-winner Michel Nischan and Local Star Chris Bianco. The celebrations begin on Thursday night with a Taste of Fox Restaurants Reception at Tempe hotspot Culinary Dropout. Friday night kicks off with a tasting reception from some of Phoenix's finest chefs, followed by an exclusive four-course dinner prepared by Nischan and Bianco. On Saturday the action moves to Sur La Table for cooking demos and book signings from Nischan and lauded chef and cookbook author ... Read more >

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Recipe Roundup: On the Grill

Grilled Hanger Steak with Peperonata


There's nothing like a smoky, grilled piece of meat or fish to remind us why we love summer. (A six-pack of ice-cold beer doesn't hurt either.) Here are some of the grilled dishes on our current must-cook list:


Grilled Salmon with Summer Salad
A salad of corn, tomatoes, and basil dressed with a Dijon vinaigrette transforms perfectly cooked salmon fillets.


Grilled Hanger Steak with Peperonata
Hanger steak only needs a brief sear on the grill, while the peperonata comes together in about 20 minutes.


Spicy Grilled Shrimp and Pancetta
Easy. Fast. Addictive.

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JBF Partners with the Children's Museum of Manhattan


As part of its EatSleepPlay™ initiative, the Children's Museum of Manhattan has teamed up with JBF to produce the James Beard Foundation Family Chef Series, which include healthy-cooking demonstrations by popular chefs that provide families with fun ways to prepare simple recipes with fresh and affordable ingredients. Each session includes a demonstration, recipe tastings, and a question-and-answer period; the partnership's larger goal is to raise awareness of childhood obesity, which fits into the EatSleepPlay™ drive toward healthier lifestyles among kids. Bill Telepan and Alex Guarnaschelli (

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What's Happening at JBF LTD this Week

JBF LTDJBF LTD opens for its second week of business at Chelsea Market tomorrow. In addition our sold-out Passover Seder with Aaron Israel of Mile End, we've got daytime events with Gabrielle Hamilton, JBF Award–nominated blogger Kian Lam Kho, Marion Nestle, Michel Nischan, and more. You can view the full schedule here.

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Recipe: Homegrown Fried Chicken

We’re digging this lip-smacking fried chicken from JBF Award winner Michel Nischan: it’s tangy, crunchy, and even guilt free when enjoyed in moderation. Passed down from his mother, the recipe lives on in Nischan’s new cookbook, Sustainably Delicious, a collection of tempting dishes and easy tips on greening your cuisine. If you want to learn more about Nischan’s book and his approach to sustainable cooking, the chef will be making an appearance at the Fresh flagship store in Union Square on Earth Day (

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JBF Kitchen Cam