Scholarship Spotlight: Q&A with Semilla’s José Ramírez-Ruiz and Pam Yung

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José Ramírez-Ruiz and Pam Yung have set hearts aflutter at their Michelin-starred Brooklyn vegetable mecca, Semilla. Since opening its doors in 2014, the 18-seat restaurant has earned rave reviews from Eater and the New York Times, appeared on the Bon Appétit's “hot ten” list, and garnered two James Beard Award semifinalist nods: Best New Restaurant in 2015 and Rising Star Chef of the Year for Ramírez-Ruiz in 2016. Before Semilla broke onto the New York dining scene, however, the pair were recipients of our own Jean-Louis Palladin grants, traveling across the U.S. and the world to further their culinary knowledge. Yung explored grain and bread cultures with growers in Copenhagen, Sweden, and at Anson Mills in Columbia, SC, while Ramírez-Ruiz honed his craft at Els... Read more >

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2016 JBF SCHOLARSHIP AND GRANT APPLICATIONS NOW AVAILABLE

 

In recognition of the increased interest in all types of careers now available in the culinary arts, the James Beard Foundation is adding a new program to its existing JBF Scholarship Program. The new JBF National Scholars Program will award scholarships to 10 candidates from across the U.S. who aspire to leadership roles in food science, food studies, and business, as well as the culinary arts and hospitality.

 

“We’re delighted to unveil the JBF National Scholars Program, which aims to provide significant, life-changing scholarships to students from across the country, supported by donors who want to make a significant difference in the lives of these students.” said Kris Moon, vice president of the James Beard Foundation. "As today’s students... Read more >

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JBF Awards Over Ninety Students 2013 Culinary Scholarships

 

The James Beard Foundation Scholarship Program assists aspiring and established culinary professionals who plan to further their education at a licensed or accredited culinary school—and since its commencement, the scholarship program has awarded more than $4.6 million to deserving students who excel in the culinary craft. Ninety-four students were granted a total of $437,707.00 in financial aid this year.

 

“I am very proud to announce that this year marks the largest amount of student financial aid to ever be awarded by our nonprofit,” said Diane Harris Brown, director of educational and community programming. “Our prestigious scholarship program has been dedicated to educating the future great chefs and restaurateurs of America. These promising professionals provide a glimpse into the future of our country’s diverse culinary heritage.”

 

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Q & A with Rohini Dey, Restaurateur and "Women in Culinary Leadership" Program Partner

Rohini Dey of Vermilion Restaurant and cofounder of the JBF Vermilion Women in Culinary Leadership Scholarship

 

Like many industries, the world of restaurants suffers from a dearth of female leaders. In an effort to get more ladies into high-profile culinary roles, JBF has partnered with restaurateur Rohini Dey of Vermilion restaurants to launch the Women in Culinary Leadership Program, which includes a scholarship and the supporting Chefs for Women fundraiser. Read on to get Dey's perspective about this important initiative.

 

JBF: How did the Women in Culinary Leadership Program begin?

 

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2011 JBF Scholarship Applications Now Available

chef toque Are you eager to attend culinary school, but in need of a boost? Applications for James Beard Foundation scholarships and professional grants are now available online. You can visit the homepage of our scholarship program by clicking here. You’ll find information about eligibility, a list of the scholarships we award, and all the necessary paperwork.

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Scholarship Spotlight: 2010 JBF Scholarship Applications Now Available

Are you eager to attend culinary school, but in need of a boost? Applications for James Beard Foundation scholarships and professional grants are now available online. You can visit the homepage of our scholarship program by clicking here. You'll find information about eligibility, a list of the scholarships we award, and all the necessary paperwork.

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Scholarship Spotlight: Salima Moosabhai

Born and raised in India, Salima Moosabhai will complete a degree in hospitality management from the New York City College of Technology next June. The JBF scholarship recipient recently told us about the touching moment that inspired her to pursue work in the culinary industry. Read more about her story and her ideas about the future here.

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Scholarship Spotlight: Lucas Williams

Twenty years ago, the only culinary education most high school students received was a lesson in making apple pie in home economics class. But today there are culinary arts curriculums in many high schools across the country, including Cape Cod Regional Technical H.S., which is where JBF Scholarship recipient Lucas Williams discovered that he had a talent for cooking. Now a student at the New England Culinary Institute in Essex Junction, Vermont, Williams is on track to receive his bachelor's degree in restaurant management in 2011. He hopes one day to open up his own restaurant where, he says, he plans to "pass on my love of food to my employees and help them see how rewarding the food industry can be." Learn more about the JBF Scholarship program.

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On the Menu: Friends of James Beard Benefit at the American Restaurant

If you find yourself in Kansas City tomorrow evening, we suggest that you stop by the American Restaurant for a special Friends of James Beard Benefit. The menu, prepared by JBF Award–winning chef Debbie Gold, is a cornucopia of homey, warm dishes made from ingredients straight from the local farmers. Proceeds will go to the James Beard Foundation Scholarship Fund. Click here to view the menu. To make a reservation, call 816.545.8001.

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Scholarship Spotlight: The Vilcek Foundation

toque_200x250As most food lovers know, many of the delicious dishes we eat can be credited to the diverse influences and skills that foreign-born chefs and cooks bring to their craft. In recognition of this vital part of our culture, our friends at the Vilcek Foundation, an organization that honors and supports immigrants who have made outstanding contributions to American society, have chosen to award its 2010 Vilcek Prize for Creative Promise to a foreign-born chef, artisan, or culinary innovator. The Vilcek Foundation will award a $25,000 prize to a young professional who has made notable contributions to the field at an early stage in his or her career. In addition, four finalists will each be awarded $5,000. Applicants must be foreign born and be 38 years old or younger. Only naturalized U.S. citizens or green card holders are eligible to apply. The deadline for application submission has been extended to August 17th, 2009.

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