JBF Education

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JBF Food Conference: October 27 and 28, 2014

Encouraging people to understand and appreciate food

Education is the key to fulfilling JBF's mission is to celebrate, nurture, and honor America's diverse culinary heritage through programs that educate and inspire.


The James Beard Foundation's education programs include continuing education classes, guided tastings, readings, conferences, children's programs, scholarship opportunities for aspiring culinary students, work/study/travel grants for working professionals, and volunteer opportunities for current culinary students.


Below is a snapshot of upcoming or ongoing educational initiatives and programs.


America Cooks with Chefs

We are excited to announce our new partnership with the Clinton Foundation to launch America Cooks with Chefs: The 800 Calorie Challenge, a cooking competition that will pair six lucky home cooks with six celebrity chef “trainers” including JBF Award winner Tony Mantuano and Mary Sue Milliken to create healthy, approachable meals. An online video series will feature an episode with each duo as they take part in an intense, one-day “cooking well kitchen camp” at the chefs’ restaurants, working together to redesign a recipe around healthy nutritional guidelines without sacrificing taste or presentation. The contestants will then get to attend the 2015 Clinton Health Matters Initiative (CHMI) conference in La Quinta, California, where they will bring their new skills to a live cooking challenge at the conference, where a panel of celebrity judges will select a winner. This collaborative program is being facilitated by managing partner Palisades Media Ventures in a creative effort to tackle rising obesity rates and nutrition-induced illnesses on a national scale. Read the full release.


The JBF Food Conference


As America’s fascination with food grows, the issues that surround our food system have taken on tremendous national importance. Recognizing our unique role in celebrating, nurturing, and honoring America’s diverse culinary heritage through programs that educate and inspire, we invite a diverse group of thought-leaders and stakeholders to participate in the JBF Food Conference every fall in New York City. The 2013 JBF Food Conference explored the paradox of appetite. Watch archived footage here.


The James Beard Foundation Scholarship Program


The James Beard Foundation Scholarship Program operates on an annual basis. The financial aid offered varies from year to year. Detailed descriptions, application forms, and complete instructions for 2014 scholarships and grants are now available. See the scholarship FAQs for details on preparing to apply. USA and international students are eligible. Learn more about JBF scholarships.


Chefs Boot Camp for Policy and Change


The Chefs Boot Camp for Policy and Change provides a unique opportunity for civically and politically minded chefs to become more effective leaders for food-system change. During thematic retreats around the country, participants receive advocacy and media training while learning about important issues, challenges, and opportunities facing the food world. Learn more about Boot Camp and how to get involved.