2015 Who's Who Inductee: Wylie Dufresne

 

The James Beard Foundation’s Who’s Who of Food and Beverage in America is a cadre of the most accomplished food and beverage professionals in the country. Though they represent a diverse cross-section of the food and beverage industry—from chefs to journalists to farmers to business executives to scholars—each has been identified by his or her peers as having displayed remarkable talent and achievement. Every member of the Who’s Who has contributed in some substantial way to America’s constantly evolving culinary scene.

 

WYLIE DUFRESNE / CHEF AND RESTAURATEUR / NYC

 

Wylie Dufresne is a celebrated chef, restaurateur, and pioneer of molecular gastronomy. Dufresne began his career at the International Culinary Center (formerly the French Culinary Institute) before working for Jean-Georges Vongerichten at JoJo and Jean Georges in New York and Prime Steakhouse at the Bellagio in Las Vegas. In... Read more >

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2015 Who's Who Inductee: Dale DeGroff

 

The James Beard Foundation’s Who’s Who of Food and Beverage in America is a cadre of the most accomplished food and beverage professionals in the country. Though they represent a diverse cross-section of the food and beverage industry—from chefs to journalists to farmers to business executives to scholars—each has been identified by his or her peers as having displayed remarkable talent and achievement. Every member of the Who’s Who has contributed in some substantial way to America’s constantly evolving culinary scene.

 

DALE DEGROFF / MIXOLOGIST / NYC

 

Master mixologist Dale DeGroff, a.k.a. King Cocktail, developed his extraordinary talent tending bar at esteemed establishments, most notably New York’s famous Rainbow Room, where in the 1980s he pioneered a gourmet approach to re-creating classic cocktails. DeGroff has since been credited with reinventing the bartending profession and... Read more >

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2015 Who’s Who Inductee: Allan Benton

 

 

The James Beard Foundation’s Who’s Who of Food and Beverage in America is a cadre of the most accomplished food and beverage professionals in the country. Though they represent a diverse cross-section of the food and beverage industry—from chefs to journalists to farmers to business executives to scholars—each has been identified by his or her peers as having displayed remarkable talent and achievement. Every member of the Who’s Who has contributed in some substantial way to America’s constantly evolving culinary scene.

 

ALLAN BENTON / PORK PRODUCER AND PURVEYOR / MADISONVILLE, TN

 

The owner of Benton’s Smoky Mountain Country Hams, Allan Benton has been described by Saveur magazine as “one of the most respected producers in the United States.” Benton grew up in a family that raised hogs and cured their own... Read more >

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2014 Who's Who Inductee: Food Writer Edward Behr

 

The James Beard Foundation’s Who’s Who of Food and Beverage in America is a cadre of the most accomplished food and beverage professionals in the country. Though they represent a diverse cross-section of the food and beverage industry—from chefs to journalists to farmers to business executives to scholars—each has been identified by his or her peers as having displayed remarkable talent and achievement. Every member of the Who’s Who has contributed in some substantial way to America’s constantly evolving culinary scene.

 

One of our six 2014 Who's Who inductees, 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.

 

Watch the short video below, which celebrates Behr's work and aired at the 2014 James Beard Awards. Stay tuned for videos about our other 2014 inductees.

 

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2014 Who's Who Inductee: Chef and Restaurateur John Besh

 

The James Beard Foundation’s Who’s Who of Food and Beverage in America is a cadre of the most accomplished food and beverage professionals in the country. Though they represent a diverse cross-section of the food and beverage industry—from chefs to journalists to farmers to business executives to scholars—each has been identified by his or her peers as having displayed remarkable talent and achievement. Every member of the Who’s Who has contributed in some substantial way to America’s constantly evolving culinary scene.

 

One of our six 2014 Who's Who inductees, 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 Besh’s classic French culinary training with his Southern roots.

 

Watch the short video below, which celebrates Besh's career and aired at the 2014 James Beard Awards. Stay tuned for videos about our other 2014 inductees.

 

 

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2014 Who's Who Inductee: Chef and Restaurateur David Chang

 

The James Beard Foundation’s Who’s Who of Food and Beverage in America is a cadre of the most accomplished food and beverage professionals in the country. Though they represent a diverse cross-section of the food and beverage industry—from chefs to journalists to farmers to business executives to scholars—each has been identified by his or her peers as having displayed remarkable talent and achievement. Every member of the Who’s Who has contributed in some substantial way to America’s constantly evolving culinary scene.

 

One of our six 2014 Who's Who inductees, David Chang is the chef and founder of Momofuku, which includes restaurants in New York City, Sydney, and Toronto. Momofuku originated in New York City, which is now home to Momofuku Noodle Bar, Momofuku Ssäm Bar, Momofuku Ko, Momofuku Milk Bar, Momofuku Má Pêche, and Booker and Dax at Ssäm.

 

Watch the short video below, which celebrates Chang's career and aired at the 2014 James Beard Awards. Stay tuned for videos about our other 2014 inductees.

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2014 Who's Who Inductee: Chef and Restaurateur Paul Kahan

 

The James Beard Foundation’s Who’s Who of Food and Beverage in America is a cadre of the most accomplished food and beverage professionals in the country. Though they represent a diverse cross-section of the food and beverage industry—from chefs to journalists to farmers to business executives to scholars—each has been identified by his or her peers as having displayed remarkable talent and achievement. Every member of the Who’s Who has contributed in some substantial way to America’s constantly evolving culinary scene.

 

One of our six 2014 Who's Who inductees, Paul Kahan has received international acclaim for Blackbird, avec, The Publican, Big Star, Publican Quality Meats, and, most recently, Nico Osteria. Awarded Outstanding Chef by JBF in 2013 and Best Chef: Midwest in 2004, Kahan has earned the praise of many who claim him to be one of America’s most influential working chefs.

 

Watch the short video below, which celebrates Kahan's career and aired at the 2014 James Beard Awards. Stay tuned for videos about our other 2014 inductees.

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2014 Who's Who Inductee: Pastry Chef and Author Sherry Yard

 

The James Beard Foundation’s Who’s Who of Food and Beverage in America is a cadre of the most accomplished food and beverage professionals in the country. Though they represent a diverse cross-section of the food and beverage industry—from chefs to journalists to farmers to business executives to scholars—each has been identified by his or her peers as having displayed remarkable talent and achievement. Every member of the Who’s Who has contributed in some substantial way to America’s constantly evolving culinary scene.

 

One of our six 2014 Who's Who inductees, renowned chef Sherry Yard has earned the praise of her critics and peers with multiple accolades awarded throughout her career, including two James Beard Awards: one for Outstanding Pastry Chef of the Year and a second for Best Baking Book for her cookbook debut, The Secrets of Baking.

 

Watch the short video below, which celebrates Yard's career and aired at the 2014 James Beard Awards. Stay tuned for videos about our other 2014 inductees.

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2014 Who's Who Inductee: Writer Barry Estabrook

 

The James Beard Foundation’s Who’s Who of Food and Beverage in America is a cadre of the most accomplished food and beverage professionals in the country. Though they represent a diverse cross-section of the food and beverage industry—from chefs to journalists to farmers to business executives to scholars—each has been identified by his or her peers as having displayed remarkable talent and achievement. Every member of the Who’s Who has contributed in some substantial way to America’s constantly evolving culinary scene.

 

One of our six 2014 Who's Who inductees, Barry Estabrook currently writes for The New York Times, The Washington Post, TheAtlantic.com, MarkBittman.com, Saveur, and Men’s Health. In 2011, Estabrook wrote the influential book, Tomatoland, which exposed how industrial agriculture has ruined the tomato in all ways—gastronomic, environmental, and in terms of labor abuse.

 

Watch the short video below, which celebrates Estabrook's important work and aired at the 2014 James Beard Awards. Stay tuned for videos about our other 2014 inductees.

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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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