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.

Women in Culinary Leadership Program and Grants

Women in Culinary Leadership is an accelerated, learning-by-doing mentorship program focused on mentoring and training women aspiring to careers in the culinary industry. JBF is now accepting applications for its 2016 Women in Culinary Leadership Grants. Women with at least two years of professional hospitality or culinary experience are encouraged to apply for a chance to participate in a six or twelve-month mentor/grantee program with top industry leaders. The deadline has been extended to February 8, 2016. Learn more and apply.  

The James Beard Foundation Scholarship Program

Applications for the 2015 JBF Scholarships are now available. See the scholarship FAQs for more information on the program and how to apply. More details here.

The James Beard Foundation Scholarship Program operates on an annual basis. The financial aid offered varies from year to year. Learn more about JBF scholarships.  

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. Learn more about America Cooks with Chefs.

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.

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.

Dining + Design

Produced in conjunction with the New School, this unique series features panel discussions with top toques and architects, highlighting the critical relationship between culinary concept and physical design. Learn more about the Dining + Design series.