Eye Candy: Bacchus

Top ChefsTop Chef winners Hosea Rosenberg and Stephanie Izard take a breather during a Friends of James Beard Benefit held at JBF Award winner Paul Bartolotta's Bacchus. You can see more pictures here and read about the event (including a recap straight from chef Izard herself) here and here.

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Eye Candy: NYCWFF at the Beard House

Reports touting the success of the Food Network New York City Wine and Food Festival have flooded the internet, and we're pleased to hear that the Beard House events were no exception to the rule. Over the next couple of days we will be linking to photo galleries on our website—today we have a slideshow of Saturday's Food Meets Fashion event, featuring Zac Posen, Giada De Laurentiis, and Marcus Samuelsson. Here are some our favorite shots from the long weekend: Alain Ducasse

Alain Ducasse and an assistant plate foie gras–quince terrines with quince marmalade and gelée Alain Ducasse and crew... Read more >

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Jobs We Love: Gail Simmons

Gail SimmonsEach week, we’re profiling someone in the food and beverage industry with a fabulous food-focused job. Next up is Top Chef’s Gail Simmons, who had absolutely no idea what was in store for her when she accepted an established marketing position at Food & Wine magazine five years ago. We sat down with her to find out how she ended up there—and her advice for aspiring culinarians who wouldn’t mind ending up in her shoes. (Watch Gail tonight on the season premiere of Top Chef Las Vegas!)

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Eye Candy: Beard House

Monkfish Last month Top Chef alum Ariane Duarte prepared some special dishes—including this monkfish with New Jersey corn salsa and mushroom broth—to pair with exceptional summer rosés. June 29, 2009, The Beard House, NYC (Photo by Joan Garvin)

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Q & A: Rick Bayless

Rick Bayless

Tonight we'll be tuning in to the premiere of Bravo's Top Chef Masters to root for all the contestants who are JBF Award winners or nominees. Among them is Rick Bayless, whose restaurant, Frontera Grill, won the medal for Outstanding Restaurant in 2007. He's competing for his charity, Frontera Farmer Foundation, which supports small Midwestern farms that practice sustainability. We caught up with the Chicago-based chef at last year's JBF Awards gala, when the event's theme was "Artisanal America."

James Beard Foundation: What would you eat for your last meal on earth? Rick Bayless: Something in a tortilla for sure. JBF: What’s your earliest food memory? RB: Peeling peaches with my grandmother. JBF: What’s your favorite regional ingredient? ... Read more >

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Food Matters: Art Smith

Top Chef Masters makes its debut this week on Bravo and its roster of cheftestants is chock-full of JBF Award–winning and –nominated chefs like Rick Bayless, Roy Yamaguchi, and Cindy Pawlcyn. A player of particular note is our 2007 Humanitarian of the Year winner, Art Smith, whose work extends beyond the restaurant kitchen and into the community with his non-profit organization Common Threads. At its Chicago and Los Angeles locations, Common Threads participants learn about new cultures and our global community through food and cooking.

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