By Mark Steele, Executive Chef, Algonquin College
The James Beard Foundation is a New York-based national professional non-profit organization that serves to promote the culinary arts by honoring chefs, wine professionals, journalists, and cookbook authors at annual award ceremonies, providing scholarships and educational opportunities to cooking hopefuls.
Foodies know James Beard as being a gastronomic pioneer. He hosted one of the first food shows on television in the fifties. His cookbooks, writings for various journals, and his James Beard Cooking School brought notoriety to American cuisine. His name bears a legacy of culinary excellence and wholesome American food.
Notable past chefs with connections to the James Beard Foundation include: Daniel Boulud, Emeril Lagasse, Nobu Matsuhisa, Jacques Pepin, and Charlie Trotter.