Awards Watch: So You Want to Enter the JBF Book Awards

Dave Arnold and Sean Brock at the 2015 JBF Book, Broadcast & Journalism Awards


So you’ve written a cookbook and now you want to enter the James Beard Foundation's annual Book AwardsWith more than ten award categories in the mix, where should you enter your prized work? Should a cookbook that’s all about smoothies be entered in the Single Subject category or in the Beverage category? Does an ice cream sandwich cookbook belong in Baking & Desserts or Single Subject? What about a book that surveys Cuban food in Miami? 


This year the Book Awards subcommittee is offering guidance on which category is best for authors and publishers. We hope the descriptions below will help you determine which category is right for your book. ... Read more >

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Sponsored Post: Donnie Madia, Restaurateur, JBF Award Winner, and Mariano’s Tastemaker


When Donnie Madia took to the podium to accept the 2015 James Beard Award for Outstanding Restaurateur, he spoke of 1999, when he was about to open Blackbird and was one of four young guys who just wanted to “open 67 seats and do something special in Chicago.”


Many years later, Madia now oversees the eight concepts (including a James Beard Award–winning cocktail bar) that comprise One Off Hospitality. Even with all of that growth and success, we have a hunch that Donnie still knows the exact number of seats he’s managing.


Donnie’s leadership skills, eye for style, and instincts for Chicagoans’ tastes have helped him clinch his status as one of the most respected restaurateurs in the country. He also gets an assist from... Read more >

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Winner, Winner, Chicken Dinner: JBF Award Winner Sean Brock Schools Us on Fried Chicken


"When you're a chef in the South, fried chicken is your responsibility," says Sean Brock, acclaimed chef of Husk, McCrady's, and Minero, solemnly. And for the James Beard Award–winning chef and proud rural Virginian, that burden means burying your head deep in old recipes, cooking with every fat you can think of, and eating lots and lots of fried bird, naturally. "I was born this way," he says with a laugh. "Growing up in the South, you go to KFC and all the mom-and-pop places along the roadside. Honestly, it's my obsession."


It's our obsession too, so we asked for Brock's tips on how to master fried chicken at home after browsing the very intense, very delicious-sounding recipe in his recent JBF... Read more >

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Awards Watch: Calling All 2016 Entries!

Christina Tosi and Mindy Segal at the 2015 James Beard Awards


JBF is now accepting entries for the 2016 James Beard Awards! Entries for all James Beard Award categories (that’s Restaurant and Chef; Broadcast Media; Journalism; Book; and Restaurant Design) can be submitted here.


The Foundation’s Awards committees have announced the following changes to the below Awards categories and criteria:


In order to recognize the growing coverage of food and food-related issues in general-interest media, the criteria for Broadcast Media's TV Segment award have been expanded. In addition to recurring and ongoing food-themed segments on a non-food program, the committees will now accept entries... Read more >

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Sponsored Post: Five JBF Rising Star Chef Award Semifinalists Selected for Taste of Waldorf Astoria


The James Beard Foundation is excited to announce that it has partnered with Waldorf Astoria Hotels & Resorts for a second year on​ Taste of Waldorf Astoria, a global culinary program that pairs JBF Rising Star Chef Awards semifinalists with Waldorf Astoria master chefs for an exciting week of collaboration. The search for Waldorf Astoria’s next iconic dish continues with a fresh group of five hand-selected JBF Rising Star Semi-Finalist chefs dispatching to five new participating Waldorf Astoria destinations around the globe, including Amsterdam, New Orleans, Beijing, Jerusalem, and Orlando.


Taste of Waldorf Astoria will host five chef experiences at the following properties:


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Hit Me with Your Best Choc: JBF Award Winner Emily Luchetti's Chocolate Layer Cake

"You can have your molten lava cake; you can have your chocolate soufflé; just give me a classic, really, really delicious, moist, loaded-with-frosting chocolate layer cake, and that's all I need." Coming from a pastry guru like JBF Award winner Emily Luchetti, that's saying something. In her lauded career, Luchetti has worked at some of the most glitzy San Francisco restaurants (Farallon, Waterbar)—and she's now the chief pastry officer at the uber-popular Marlowe, ... Read more >

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Happy Hour: Wine Wisdom from Blackberry Farm's Andy Chabot


Nestled at the foot of the Great Smoky Mountains, Blackberry Farm is an American culinary mecca: an on-site creamery, bakery, and butcher supply the Barn's kitchen with cheese, bread, and meat; heirloom seedlings are carefully tended in the extensive gardens; and foragers harvest wild muscadine grapes and huckleberries from deep in the Tennessee woods. Add a James Beard Award to the bucolic bounty: in 2014 the dining destination also took home the national honor for Outstanding Wine Program. The 160,000-bottle collection is more than a decade in the making and includes older vintages and coveted verticals from some of the world's greatest wine estates, such as the Rhône Valley's famed Château Rayas... Read more >

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The Mindy Project: JBF Award Winner Mindy Segal Riffs on PB&J


Irwin Segal was a jazz guy back in the day. He played the upright bass and the accordion, and he hung out at Rick's American Cafe in Chicago, sipping vodka on the rocks and soaking in Tito Puente's hip-swinging tunes. And he often brought along his daughter, James Beard Award–winning pastry chef and chef/owner of beloved Mindy's HotChocolate in Chicago, Mindy Segal. "With their riffs and scatting, these Latin jazz stars were the kings of improvisation," Segal recollects in her new cookbook, Cookie Love. "Their brains seemed to be wired the same way as mine." Take, for example, her twist on the classic sandwich straight out of your elementary school lunch box memories—the simple, squishy peanut butter and jelly we all know, and... Read more >

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Ask a Chef: What’s Your Favorite Ice Cream Haunt?


We asked some of our past Outstanding Pastry Chef award winners to tell us about their choice scoops. 


Johnny Iuzzini (2006)
Sugar Fueled, Inc

I am lucky enough to live near Odd Fellows Ice Cream, which I consider to be one of the most creative and delicious ice cream shops in the world. Some of my favorites to date: lemon meringue pie, with chunks of lemon curd, bits of burnt meringue, and graham cracker streusel, all folded into a lemon-scented ice cream. Chorizo caramel uses rendered chorizo fat to flavor the caramel that’s swirled throughout the ice cream, which is infused with cooked chorizo. 


Michael Laiskonis (2007)
Institute of Culinary Education, NYC

My new favorite stop for ice cream is a relatively new discovery for me: Terre Adélice in Lyon, France. My favorite thing to order is a few scoops of ice cream and sorbet, pairing some of the... Read more >

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'Gram Worthy: Strawberries, Champagne Ice Cream, and Basil


If you love to see what happens behind the scenes in restaurants, drool over gorgeous food photography, and creep on your favorite chefs (we're majorly guilty of this!), then be sure to follow us on Instagram, where our editors deliver eye-catching dispatches from the Beard House and beyond. The photo above shows a stunning dessert from special project manager Anna Mowry's recent visit to 2015 Best New Restaurant award winner Bâtard: strawberries, Champagne ice cream, basil, and almonds​. For more tasty snaps, follow us


Elena North-Kelly is senior... Read more >

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