March 16, 2013

James Beard Foundation greyscale logo that spells EAT



We know who will be reading out those winners names (see below) and who will be cooking in honor of those nominated and those spotted wearing a medallion around their necks, but as for who the finalists are, you’ll have to wait until Monday March 18th for that information.

Meanwhile, console yourself with these delicious details about the upcoming awards and get ready for a night with Stanley Tucci.

The James Beard Foundation announced that Stanley Tucci, the Golden Globe and Emmy Award–winning actor, writer, film producer, and director, will host the 2013 James Beard Foundation Awards, the nation’s most prestigious recognition program honoring professionals in the food and beverage industries. The highly anticipated Awards Ceremony and Gala Reception will take place on Monday, May 6, 2013, at Lincoln Center’s Avery Fisher Hall in New York City. On Friday, May 3, 2013, multiple James Beard and Emmy Award–winning television personality, writer, and cookbook author Ted Allen will host the annual James Beard Foundation Book, Broadcast & Journalism Awards Dinner at Gotham Hall in New York City.

The theme, Lights! Camera! Taste! Spotlight on Food & Film, pays tribute to the role that food has played on the silver screen in America. The James Beard Awards have often been called the “Oscars of the food world,” and this year they are giving memorable culinary moments in cinema a starring role. Participating gala reception chefs have been asked to create dishes inspired by a favorite food moment in a film of their choice. The multifaceted role that food has played in America’s most iconic films—a reflection of family, love, pop culture, nostalgia, and, above all, the catalyst for bringing people around the table—will be showcased throughout the night’s festivities, celebrating America’s love affair with movies and filmmakers’ love affair with food.

This year’s hosts have shared their love of food both on and off the screen. In addition to being an accomplished actor, Stanley Tucci is also a writer, director, and producer. He has appeared in over 50 films, including Big Night, Julie & Julia, and The Hunger Games, as well as countless television shows and over a dozen plays, both on and off Broadway. Tucci released The Tucci Cookbook in October of 2012, reaching the New York Times Best Seller list. He earned an Academy Award nomination, along with Golden Globe, BAFTA, SAG, and Broadcast Film Critics nominations, for his performance in The Lovely Bones in 2008. Big Night was his first effort as co-director, co-screenwriter, and actor on the same film, which earned him numerous accolades, including the Waldo Salt Screenwriting Award at the 1996 Sundance Film Festival; a recognition of Excellence by the National Board of Review; an Independent Spirit Award; the Critics Prize at the 1996 Deauville Film Festival; and honors from both the New York Film Critics and the Boston Society of Film Critics.

Ted Allen is the host of the primetime Food Network series Chopped, the recipient of two 2012 James Beard Awards. He also is a frequent contributor to Food Network’s The Best Thing I Ever Ate. His latest cookbook, In My Kitchen: 100 Recipes and Discoveries for Passionate Cooks (Clarkson-Potter), was published in May 2012; in addition, he is the author of The Food You Want to Eat: 100 Smart, Simple Recipes (Clarkson-Potter), a collection of vibrant, all-natural dishes. In 2004, Ted Allen won an Emmy for his role as the food and wine specialist on the Bravo series Queer Eye. Since 1997, he has been a contributing writer for Esquire. Both Tucci and Allen volunteer for the Food Bank for New York City.

“It’s an honor to have such a prestigious, talented, and highly creative group of hosts and presenters for this year’s Awards as we celebrate food in iconic cinema,” said Susan Ungaro, president of the James Beard Foundation. “We are thrilled to showcase uniquely inspired dishes from some of the most talented chefs across the country as they pay tribute to both James Beard and the role that food has played in film.”

Chefs confirmed to cook at the Gala Reception following the Awards Ceremony on Monday, May 6, 2013, include:

JBF Award Winner
Grant Achatz
The Aviary

JBF Award Winner
Nate Appleman
Chipotle Mexican Grill

JBF Award Winner
Jean-François Bruel

JBF Award Winner
Traci Des Jardins
San Francisco

JBF Award Winner
Todd English
Todd English Enterprises
Charlestown, MA

JBF Award Winner
Gavin Kaysen
Café Boulud

JBF Award Winner
Christopher Lee

Thomas McNaughton
central kitchen
San Francisco

JBF Award Winner
Michael Mina
San Francisco

David Myers
Hinoki & the Bird
Los Angeles

Melissa Perello
San Francisco

JBF Award Winner
Pastry Chef
Nicole Plue
Sideshow by Nicole Plue

JBF Award Winner
Douglas Rodriguez
Alma de Cuba

JBF Award Winner
Gabriel Rucker
Le Pigeon
Portland, OR

JBF Award Winner
Marcus Samuelsson
Red Rooster Harlem

Aarón Sánchez
Leawood, KS

JBF Award Winner
Pastry Chef
Mindy Segal
Mindy’s HotChocolate

JBF Award Winner
Pastry Chef
Christina Tosi
Momofuku Milk Bar

JBF Award Winner
Allison Vines-Rushing and
Slade Rushing
New Orleans

This year Brian Malarkey, Co-Host of ABC’s The Taste, is headlining the Book, Broadcast and Journalism Awards Dinner, bringing along executive chefs from his west coast restaurants. Accompanying these chefs will be top talent from Great Performances and Valrhona USA.

Chefs confirmed to cook at the Book, Broadcast and Journalism Awards Dinner on Friday, May 3, 2013, include:

Amanda Baumgarten
La Jolla, CA

Pastry Chef
Sarah Kosikowski
Valrhona USA

Brian Malarkey
Restaurateur, Cookbook Author, and Co-Host of ABC’s The Taste

Shane Mckentire
San Diego

Host Chef
Matthew Riznyk
Great Performances

On Monday, March 18, 2013, the Foundation will announce the final nominees for all award categories during a press brunch at the historic Lowndes Grove Plantation in Charleston, South Carolina. Nominations will also be announced live via the Foundation’s Twitter feed at twitter.com/beardfoundation and streamed live on Eater.com.

On Friday, May 3, 2013, the James Beard Foundation Book, Broadcast & Journalism Awards Dinner, an exclusive event honoring the nation’s top cookbook authors, culinary broadcast producers and hosts, and food journalists, will take place at Gotham Hall in New York City.

On Monday, May 6, 2013, the James Beard Foundation Awards Ceremony and Gala Reception will take place at Lincoln Center’s Avery Fisher Hall in New York City. During the event, which is open to the public, awards for the Restaurant and Chef and Restaurant Design categories will be handed out, along with special achievement awards including Humanitarian of the Year, Lifetime Achievement, Who’s Who, and the America’s Classics Award honorees. A gala reception will immediately follow, featuring top culinary talents from across the country serving dishes that reflect this year’s Awards theme, “Lights! Camera! Taste! Spotlight on Food & Film,” a tribute to the role food plays in America’s most iconic films. Tickets to the May 6 awards ceremony and gala reception will go on sale on March 18, 2013, and can be purchased at jamesbeard.org/awards or through the Awards Box Office at 914.231.6180.

The 2013 James Beard Foundation Awards are presented with support by the following partners: Premier Sponsors: All-Clad Metalcrafters, Lenox Tableware and Gifts; Supporting Sponsors: Acqua Panna® Natural Spring Water, Celebrity Cruises®, The Coca-Cola Company, Delta Air Lines, Lavazza, S.Pellegrino® Sparkling Natural Mineral Water, Stella Artois®, Valrhona; Gala Reception Sponsors: Breville, Ecolab, Food Network & Cooking Channel, Pernod Ricard USA, Rums of Puerto Rico; and with additional support from BB&T Charleston Wine + Food Festival® and Chefwear. *Sponsors listed are current as of release date.

About the James Beard Foundation
Founded in 1986, the James Beard Foundation is dedicated to celebrating, nurturing, and preserving America’s diverse culinary heritage and future. A cookbook author and teacher with an encyclopedic knowledge about food, James Beard, who died in 1985, was a champion of American cuisine. He helped educate and mentor generations of professional chefs and food enthusiasts, instilling in them the value of wholesome, healthful and delicious food. Today the Beard Foundation continues in the same spirit by administering a number of diverse programs that include educational initiatives, food industry awards, scholarships to culinary students, publications, chef advocacy training, and thought-leader convening. The Foundation also maintains the historic James Beard House in New York City’s Greenwich Village as a “performance space” for visiting chefs. In September of 2012, the Foundation launched the Diplomatic Culinary Partnership with the U.S. Department of State’s Office of Protocol and helped create the American Chef Corps as a way to champion American chefs abroad, promote American food products and foster an interest in American culinary culture and history through international programs and initiatives. For more information, please visit jamesbeard.org. Find insights on food at the James Beard Foundation’s blog Delights & Prejudices. Join the James Beard Foundation on Facebook. Follow the James Beard Foundation on Twitter and Instagram.

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