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.
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 2013 scholarships and grants are available here. 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.