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WINNER TAKES ALL

May 10, 2011

Congratulations to the 2011 James Beard Foundation Award Winners
By Francine Cohen

Photo by Krishna Dayanidhi

While the outside world may view the James Beard Awards as the food industry’s Oscars or Emmys, those in the know who spent the night catching up with dressed up chefs, sommeliers, and restaurateurs affectionately refer to this annual event as the chef prom. And prom-like it is, with everyone in their finery and the king and queen (aka best chefs and best restaurants) crowned for all to celebrate as the dance party goes into the wee hours.

Here are this year’s winners. You may not know them all, but you should. They’re easy to spot – just look for the big bronze medal hanging off a striking yellow ribbon around their neck.

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AND THE FINALISTS ARE…

March 23, 2011

Congratulations to the nominees for 2011

The James Beard Foundation is proud to announce the final nominees for the 2011 James Beard Foundation Awards, the nation’s most prestigious recognition program honoring professionals in the food and beverage industries.

The nominees were announced during a press conference at the Oregon Culinary Institute in Portland, OR, hosted by Susan Ungaro, James Beard Foundation President, Woodrow W. Campbell, James Beard Foundation Board Chairman, and Eric Stromquist, Oregon Culinary Institute President. This is the third year that the Foundation has taken its nominations announcement “on the road,” and with Portland being James Beard’s birthplace and hometown, it was the ideal setting for the annual nominations event. Nominees in 55 categories were announced in the Foundation’s various awards programs – Restaurant and Chef, Restaurant Design and Graphics, Book, Broadcast and Journalism – in addition to special achievement award honorees including Lifetime Achievement, Humanitarian of the Year, Who’s Who of Food & Beverage in America and America’s Classics. A complete list of nominees can be found at the end of this release, as well as on www.JBFAwards.com.

On Friday, May 6, 2011, 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 Espace in New York City. The evening will be hosted by Ted Allen and Gail Simmons. On Monday, May 9, 2011, Tom Colicchio, Ming Tsai and Traci Des Jardins will host the James Beard Foundation Awards Ceremony and Gala Reception 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 and Graphics 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. During the Gala Reception immediately following, top culinary talents from across the country will serve dishes that reflect the nation’s diverse and multi-cultural influences in a nod to this year’s awards theme, “The Ultimate Melting Pot.”

In addition, for the first time in the history of the Journalism awards category, judging will be based solely on content and not on the outlet or type of specific media. This year, the Journalism awards will be platform neutral, giving more opportunities to reward excellent work, regardless of whether a story appears in a newspaper, a magazine or an online outlet. Name and format changes have also been made to the individual categories, and there are also a number of new Journalism awards categories, including Humor, Personal Essay and Profile. A special Publication of the Year Award has been added as well.

Established in 1990, the James Beard Foundation Awards recognize culinary professionals for excellence and achievement in their fields and continue to emphasize the Foundation’s mission: to celebrate, preserve, and nurture America’s culinary heritage and diversity. Each award category has an individual Awards Committee made up of industry professionals who volunteer their time to oversee the policies, procedures, and selection of judges for their respective Awards program. All award winners receive a certificate and a bronze medallion engraved with the James Beard Foundation Awards insignia. There are no cash prizes.

Tickets to the May 9th Awards Ceremony and Gala Reception are now on sale and can be purchased at www.JBFAwards.com or through the Awards Box Office at 212.925.0054. General public tickets are $450 ($400 for James Beard Foundation members).

The 2011 James Beard Foundation Awards are presented with support by the following partners: In Association Sponsors: All-Clad Metalcrafters, Groupon; Premier Sponsors: Green & Black’s® Organic Chocolate, Lenox Tableware and Gifts, Mercedes-Benz; Supporting Sponsors: The Coca-Cola Company, Delta Air Lines, Lavazza, Southern Wine & Spirits of New York, Stella Artois; Gala Reception Sponsors: Acqua Panna® Natural Spring Water, Certified Angus Beef® Brand, Ecolab, Pernod Ricard USA, Rums of Puerto Rico, S.Pellegrino® Sparkling Natural Mineral Water; and with additional support from Chefwear and St. Giles Hotel.

About the James Beard Foundation
Founded in 1986, the James Beard Foundation is dedicated to celebrating, preserving, and nurturing America’s culinary heritage and diversity in order to elevate the appreciation of our culinary excellence. 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. 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 schools, and publications, and by maintaining the historic James Beard House in New York City’s Greenwich Village as a “performance space” for visiting chefs. For more information, please visit www.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.

2011 James Beard Foundation Awards Nominees

2011 James Beard Foundation Book Awards
Presented by Green & Black’s® Organic Chocolate

For cookbooks published in English in 2010
Winners will be announced May 6, 2011

American Cooking
The Food, Folklore, and Art of Lowcountry Cooking by Joseph E. Dabney (Cumberland House)

The Frankies Spuntino Kitchen Companion & Cooking Manual by Frank Castronovo, Frank Falcinelli, and Peter Meehan (Artisan)

Pig: King of the Southern Table by James Villas (John Wiley & Sons)
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