Letter from the President: James Beard Restaurants Around the Country


James Beard once said, “I don’t like gourmet cooking, or ‘this’ or ‘that’ cooking. I like good cooking.” To be sure, Beard relished the fine-dining establishments he frequently visited, but he also loved the neighborhood restaurants where simple food and good company were on the menu. In recognition of that type of restaurant, in 1998 the James Beard Foundation added the America’s Classics category to the annual James Beard Awards ceremony. The criteria for these awards are that the restaurants must have timeless appeal and be beloved in their regions for quality food that reflects the character of their communities. They also must have been in existence for at least ten years and be locally owned to qualify. I am happy to announce that our newest cookbook, James Beard’s All-American... Read more >

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Throwback Thursday: 2015 Awards Gala Chef Co-Chair Rick Bayless


With less than two weeks to go until our 2015 JBF Awards nominee announcement, the excitement in the air is palpable. For this week's TBT, we've unearthed a retro photograph of JBF Award winner Rick Bayless sporting a groovy hat and some funky specs while cooking at the Beard House. We can't wait for him to suit up as a gala chef co-chair at this spring's main event, coming May 4 to Lyric Opera of Chicago. See the full list of Awards gala chefs here.


Curious about the details of JBF's upcoming fête in Chi-town? Watch this clip of JBF president Susan Ungaro's recent interview on Windy City Live!

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Rebroadcast of "Top Women in Food" Panel and Live Chat


If you attended this year's National Restaurant Association Show, you may have caught a panel called "Secrets of Success From Top Women in Food", featuring restaurateur Rohini Dey, chef Mary Sue Milken, chef Lorena Garcia, and our very own Susan Ungaro. If not, you can catch a BrainFeed-hosted rebroadcast of the panel next Wednesday, October 16, as well as an accompanying live chat with all of the panelists. Tune in to hear these professionals' personal success stories, ideas for creating and advancing female leaders in the food world, and even some cooking tips. You can also submit your own questions for the panelists to answer in the live chat.


Register for the rebroadcast and live chat here

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Eye Candy: 2010 JBF Awards

Alton Brown, JBF president Susan Ungaro, Lidia Bastianich, and Ted Allen pose for a photo on the red carpet before the 2010 JBF Awards ceremony. Click here to see more images from the big night.

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JBF Awards 2010: The Legacy Continues Opening Video

Learn about this year's James Beard Foundation awards theme, The Legacy Continues, from Foundation president Susan Ungaro.

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Awards Watch: Media & Book Awards, in Photos

While we wait for things to get going at Lincoln Center, here are some photos from last night's Media & Book Awards at Espace: (Photos by Kent Miller)

JBF President Susan Ungaro poses for a photo with Kelly Choi, Andrew Zimmern, and friends

A row of reception cocktails

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Field Trip: Going for the Gold at Bocuse d'Or USA

Bocuse d'Or Even with the Winter Olympics on the horizon, it’s hard to imagine a display of patriotic pride—or foodie frenzy—greater than what we saw in the Bocuse d’Or USA bleachers at the Culinary Institute of America this weekend. Scores of boisterous culinary students and gastro fans gathered to support the 12 chefs competing for the chance to represent America at the Bocuse d’Or in Lyon in January 2011. Each chef, assisted by a commis, faced the same challenge: prepare a salmon dish and a lamb dish for an intimidating all-star lineup of judges that included Daniel Boulud, Thomas Keller, and Grant Achatz. It made Iron Chef look like a school talent contest.

StudentsMacKenzie Arrington (CIA, Bachelor’s, 2009) and Vinny Dyevoich (CIA,... Read more >

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On the Menu: JBF at the Bocuse d'Or USA Finals

Bocuse d'Or While most folks are counting down the days until the Vancouver Olympics, we're fired up for one of the most spectacular events in the wide world of food: the Bocuse d'Or USA Finals at the Culinary Institute of America. It all kicks off this morning with demonstrations, book signings, and panels on the school's Hyde Park campus. The official competition, where twelve finalists will cook and painstakingly plate several dishes for a chance to represent America at the 2011 Bocuse d'Or world competition in Lyon, starts at 8:00 A.M. on Saturday. JBF president Susan Ungaro will host demos by JBF Award winners Eric Ziebold and Charlie Trotter, and will also emcee tomorrow's main event. "I really think that this year's finalists represent the best of America's chefs," Ungaro says. "I'm very excited that JBF

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JBF Kitchen Cam