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2009 James Beard Foundation Awards

Originally posted at Paper Palate on May 7, 2009.

And the winner is . . .

The James Beard Awards are known colloquially as the the food “Oscars.”  Simply put they are the most important awards on the American food scene.  On Monday May 4th the James Beard Foundation gathered together in the Big Apple to name the best of the best.

Among the winners in publishing was Michael Pollan whose In Defense of Food was one top pick.  Pollan is a contributing writer to the New York Times Magazine and is a food activist who is critical of conventional agriculture.

Nate Appleman of A16 in San Francisco and whose cookbook of the same name cleaned up at the IACP Awards last month took home the the JBF nod for Rising Star Chef.  Jennifer McLagan’s Fat: An Appreciation of a Misunderstood Ingredient took two awards, cookbook of the year and single subject cookbook.  2008 JBF Chef of the Year, Grant Achatz, won a book award this year for Alinea a cookbook based on the recipes from his award winning Chicago eatery.

Other JBF publishing winners:


May 8, 2009 at 7:40 am

Bayless Has Been Busy

Originally published at Edible TV on April 17, 2009.

New Menu, New Show, New Restaurant & a Major Award for Rick Bayless.

Cheflebrity Rick Bayless has had a busy 2009. The star of MEXICO: One Plate at a Time (PBS) has landed a new TV gig.  Bayless is one of 24 prominent chefs competing in Bravo’s new show, Top Chef: Masters.  The Chicago-based chef known for his authentic, elegant Mexican cuisine will be crossing spatulas with the likes of Michael Chiarello, Wylie Dufresne, and Art Smith.  For more on Top Chef: Masters check out the press release HERE.

The Oklahoma-born chef has also started a new blog chronicling his new restaurant, the newest outpost of Bayless’ award winning Frontera.  The blog is entitled “At the Corner of Clark and Illinois.”  The new digs are more of what makes him so beloved, “the essence of good times, the sharing of good food, good friends.”

The chef is also one of several big name chefs connecting with their customers through Twitter.  In fact, the other day @Rick_Bayless and I tweetted about his new menues for April.  Bayless twittedthat he, “Put my rhubarb tart from last night’s dinner on new menu. Added pepita caramel corn and homemade sour cream.”  He also added, “a Oaxacan roll: duck with black chichilo mole and pickled chile/onion. Black bean rice. Goes on menu tonight.”

To prepare for the new menu Bayless gave his team a taster and they proclaimed their favorite dishes, “Oaxacan molotes (croquettes) of corn masa/potatoes, goat barbacoa, Oax salsa.”  When I asked (twasked?) Chef Bayless how often he changes his menu he replied, “We change each menu (Topolo/Frontera) every four weeks.”  Other chefs in the twittosphere include @jamie_oliver, Giada De Laurentiis (@GDeLaurentiis), and @roccodispirito.  And you can catch my twitts by following @StuartDonald.

To cap-off the productive first quarter Chef Bayless was named 2009 Entrepreneur of the Year by the folks at the International Association of Culinary Professionals.  The award was presented at the annual IACP International Conferenceheld in Denver on April 4th.

April 20, 2009 at 8:00 am

2009 IACP Awards

Originally published at Paper Palate on April 13, 2009.


International Association of Culinary Professionals (IACP) is a not-for-profit professional association dedicated to culinary education.  There are more than 3000 members from 45 different countries in what began as the Association of Cooking Schools (ACS) way back in 1978.  The name was changed in 1981.  On April 4 the IACP held their annual spring awards program in Denver, CO.


Among the big winners in the cookbook category are Nate Appleman and Shelley Lindgren (with Kate Leahy) who took home the award for both Best First Book (aka the Julia Child Award) and Book of the Year for their rookie effort A16: Food & Wine published by Ten Speed Press.


Here are some of the other cookbook winners:

American Cookbook – The ‘Beef.  It’s What’s for Dinner’ Award

Arthur Schwartz’s Jewish Home Cooking: Yiddish Recipes Revised

Author: Arthur Schwartz

Editor: Clancy Drake

Publisher: Ten Speed Press



The Art and Soul of Baking

Author: Sur La Table

Co-Author: Cindy Mushet

Editor: Jean Lucas

Publisher: Andrews McMeel Publishing


Chefs & Restaurants – The California Table Grape Commission Award 


Authors: David Waltuck and Andrew Friedman

Photographer: Maria Robledo

Editor: Pam Hoenig and Caroyln Mandarano

Publisher: Taunton Press Inc



The Bon Appetit Fast Easy Fresh Cookbook

Author: Barbara Fairchild

Editor: Pamela Chirls

Publisher: John Wiley & Sons


Food Reference & Technical

The Science of Good Food

Authors: David Joachim and Andrew Schloss with Philip Handel, Ph.D.

Editor: Carol Sherman

Publisher: Robert Rose Inc.



Some of the award winner for food journalism included:


“The Eggs and I”

Francine Prose

Saveur magazine



“What I Saw, and Ate, at the Pig ‘Sacrifice’”

Jonathan Kauffman



“Cancer & Creativity: One Chef’s True Story”

Andrew Solomon

Food & Wine magazine



“Kick the Bottle”

Lee Klein

Miami New Times


Best of NOLA

“Open City”

Jessica Harris

Saveur magazine


Of special note among the non-publishing awards was domination by the Windy City as the honor for top entrepreneur went to Rick Bayless, Chef/Owner of Frontera and Christopher Koetke, Dean/Culinary at Kendall College was named the Cooking Teacher of the Year.

April 14, 2009 at 7:20 am 7 comments

Review: Food Jobs by Ireana Chalmers

Originally posted at Paper Palate on November 12, 2008.

food-jobs.jpgIn 2003 I discovered a profession that I thought was perfect for my passions and talents, TV chef. I have spent the past half decade trying to reach this lofty, if bizarre, goal. It has been a tough road as, like I have said before, there are no vocational programs or community college courses to prepare me for it. But, finally, there is now an instruction manual.

Award-winning food writer Irena Chalmers (The Great Food Almanac – an IACP Julia Child Award winner) has published a new book that introduces and lays the groundwork for all those foodies who want to make their hobby their vocation: Food Jobs: 150 Great Jobs for Culinary Students, Career Changers and FOOD Lovers.

Chalmers’s career has been unprecedented. She is a renowned and respected food writer, editor, and publisher who has lent her talents to literally hundreds of titles, cookbooks, and guides. In addition to her work with books, she has also contributed articles to at least a dozen different magazines, including Chef magazine, where she served as the “Last Word” columnist for five years. She has also been a guest on over a hundred radio programs.

Upon receiving my copy of Food Jobs, it was hard to resist jumping past the first 136 pages to get to chapter 4, entitled “All Things Media.” Alas I was able to keep my personal ambitions at bay and for almost 15 minutes, too. The first section of chapter 4 deals with food writing. The list of food writers who have progressed from written page to small screen is impressive, like Michael Ruhlman, Jeffrey Steingarten, Anthony Bourdain, and even Chalmers herself. As the chapter unfolds you also get looks at less glamorous but possibly more rewarding food media careers like publishing, food styling and restaurant reviewing.  And there are eight more chapters!

But the real magic of Food Jobs is that I discovered a lot of jobs that I had never thought of before. Professions like culinary tour guide, olive oil tester, and even fortune cookie message writer (somebody’s got to come up with that stuff) are all discussed, as are more conventional occupations like cruise-ship chef, menu designer, or product demonstrator. Chalmers’s work is perfect for those of you contemplating a career change or are just jazzed about food in general. Don’t be surprised if Irena Chalmers is toting home more hardware after the culinary awards festivals next spring.


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November 17, 2008 at 9:44 am

Spring is the Season for Cookbook Awards

Originally Posted by Paper Palate ( on April 8, 2008.

chez.jpgBoth the IACP (International Association of Culinary Professionals) and the James Beard Foundation have announced their finalists for 2008 honors. Each organization features thirteen categories, like Food Reference/Technical, Americana, and Healthy Focus, for publications printed in 2007.

Many of the publications have made both lists like A Love Affair with Southern Cooking by Jean Anderson and Morimoto: The New Art of Japanese Cooking by Masaharu Morimoto (Iron Chef: America). The venerable Jacques Pépin appears on both lists as well but with different books Chez Jacques: Traditions and Rituals of a Cook which is one of three finalists for the James Beard Award for Best General Cookbook and Fast Food My Way is a finalist for the same category from IACP.

The IACP will gather in New Orleans on April 15th through the 19th for its annual conference held at the Hilton New Orleans Riverside Hotel, with the award ceremony being held on Saturday the 18th. For more information about the IACP Awards and to view the nominees, visit their web site.

The James Beard Foundation Awards are presented each Spring at Avery Fisher Hall at the Lincoln Center in New York City. The date for this year’s event is Sunday June 8 and a gala reception follows. For more information about the James Beard Foundation Awards and to view the nominees, visit their web site.

July 6, 2008 at 10:25 am


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Stuart is a celebrity chef and award winning food writer. Donald performs live cooking demonstrations and penned the cookbook Amigeauxs - Mexican/Creole Fusion Cuisine. He hosts two Internet cooking shows "Everyday Gourmet" and "Little Grill Big Flavor."


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