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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Awards Watch: The 2013 Who's Who of Food & Beverage in America

Introducing the James Beard Foundation's 2013 Who's Who

 

The James Beard Foundation is proud to announce the six 2013 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 2013 Who’s Who of Food & Beverage inductees are:

 

New York Times journalist Eric Asimov

Editor Dorothy Kalins

Chef and Restaurateur Barbara Lynch

Chef and Restaurateur Zarela Martinez

Chef and Restaurateur Michael Mina

Pastry Chef and Author Bill Yosses

 

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Wine Wisdom: Andrea Robinson

Wine Wisdom One of the few female master sommeliers in the world, an inductee into our Who’s Who of Food and Beverage in America, and a JBF Award winner, Andrea Robinson is in high demand for her advice on wine. We recently caught up with her to get the details on her new project and her suggestions for a few value-minded quaffers.

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Wine Wisdom: Q & A with JBF Award Winner Kevin Zraly

wine glass Since he was inducted into our Who's Who of Food and Beverage in America in 1988, the restless Kevin Zraly has stayed busy: after taking an exhaustive, two-year world tour that touched down in over 100 wine regions, he has updated and re-released the classic Windows on the World Complete Wine Course, which hit bookstores in late September. We got in touch with the JBF Award–winning instructor to see what else he's been up to and what he likes to drink for under $20.

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Food Matters: JBF's Who's Who at NYU

Who's WhoYesterday, almost 25 years to the day after the Who’s Who of Food & Beverage in America was founded jointly by Cook’s and Restaurant Business magazines, our vice president, Mitchell Davis, participated in a panel at NYU Fales Library on the food world intelligentsia. (In 1990 the James Beard Foundation folded the Who’s Who into their annual awards program.) Organized and moderated by restaurant consultant and JBF Who’s Who member Clark Wolf (inducted in 2008), the panel addressed the changing role of elites in matters culinary. Wolf, who helped Cook’s publisher Christopher Kimball organize the Who’s Who group at its onset, asked panelists to describe how they think the food world has changed over the last 25 years. Davis, who completed his Ph.D. in NYU’s Food Studies department earlier this year, presented some of

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Who's Who: Carolyn O'Neil

Carolyn O'NeilA pioneer of reporting on food and nutrition in the mainstream media, Carolyn O'Neil was inducted into our Who's Who of Food and Beverage in America in 1998. We caught up with her to find out her favorite cookbooks, why she refuses to eat rice pudding, and her elaborate plan for her last meal on earth.

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Q & A: Barbara Fairchild

Barbara Fairchild Barbara Fairchild was inducted into our Who's Who of Food and Beverage in America in 2000; since then she's freshened up the print version of Bon Appétit and expanded the magazine's website. She's now putting the finishing touches on its own iPhone app, which will surface later this year. Read on to hear why bologna is her favorite sandwich meat and more.

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Q & A: Barbara Kafka

Barbara Kafka A prolific cookbook author, Barbara Kafka was one of the first culinary professionals to be inducted into our Who's Who of Food and Beverage in America. To mark this milestone, we caught up with Kafka to see what she had to say about her various "children" and her thoughts on American cuisine.

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