Awards

James Beard Foundation Adds New Awards Categories: Best Baker, Best Podcast

Baking and pastry are no longer lumped together
Oct 15, 2014 2:00 pm

Every May at Lincoln Center in New York City a whole bunch of restaurant professionals gather to pat each other on the back and celebrate the industry that they (and the collective Food Republic staff) love so much. While we’re of the opinion that “everybody is a winner” in the cutthroat, oftentimes heartbreaking restaurant industry, the James Beard Foundation has been designated as the givers of medals to the best of the best in cooking, bartending, service, design and restaurateur-ing. Today they announced a major addition to the program: Best Baker.

Ibérico, That Mezcal Made With Fancy Spanish Ham, Is A Spirited Awards Finalist

Ancient liquor with a porky twist gets recognition
Jul 11, 2014 11:00 am

We first told you about Ibérico, a new high-end small-batch jamón-infused mezcal, back in January. Now comes word that the limited-edition 98-proof Oaxacan hooch, a collaboration between importer Ron Cooper's Del Maguey label and celebrity chef José Andrés' ThinkFood Group, has been named one of four finalists for "Best New Product" at the upcoming Spirited Awards in New Orleans.

Chipotle's Scarecrow Short Film Wins Big At Cannes

A poignant short almost as satisfying as a burrito
Jun 18, 2014 2:00 pm

Congratulations, Chipotle! You've joined the ranks of Pulp Fiction and Apolcalypse Now! Okay, maybe their short film "The Scarecrow" didn't take home the coveted Palme d'Or award, but they did snag the top prize in the PR category at the Cannes Lions International Festival of Creativity on Monday. Burritos and high-fives after the jump.

Here Are The 2014 James Beard Award Winners

The food world’s big awards program
May 6, 2014 10:24 am

Last night at Lincoln Center in New York City a whole bunch of restaurant professionals gathered to pat each other on the back and celebrate the industry that they (and the collective Food Republic staff) love so much. While we’re of the opinion that “everybody is a winner” in the cutthroat, oftentimes heartbreaking restaurant industry, the James Beard Foundation has been designated as the givers of medals to the best of the best in cooking, bartending, service, design and restaurateur-ing. Here is a list of the winners.

Live From The 2014 James Beard Awards

Restaurant/chef world's biggest night is tonight
May 5, 2014 10:00 am

This evening the James Beard Foundation will give out their annual awards at New York’s David H. Koch Theater in Lincoln Center. This theme is Sounds of the City, which explores the connections between food and music — with Ted Allen serving as host and MC. The Beard Awards have long been considered the most prestigious culinary awards presented in America, due both to its legacy (they've been given out since 1990) and a judging panel made up of industry experts and peers — as opposed to say journalists or anonymous inspectors. The event will be live streamed starting at 6 p.m. EST.

Food & Wine Announces 2014 Best New Chefs Via Instagram

Introducing the latest class of culinary stars
Apr 1, 2014 12:13 pm

For over 25 years, Food & Wine magazine has been on a quest to spot the “next big thing” in the culinary world with their annual Best New Chefs program. Like locking up a James Beard Award, being deemed a Best New Chef is a big, big deal. Alumni include: Michael Symon (‘98); Wylie Dufresne (‘01); Grant Achatz (‘02); Scott Conant (‘04); April Bloomfield (’07). You've heard of those guys. This morning, the magazine's Editor Dana Cowin took to Instagram to announce the latest class

James Beard Foundation Announces 2014 Chef And Restaurant Finalists

America's most prestigious culinary awards program
Mar 18, 2014 11:37 am

This morning in Chicago, the James Beard Foundation announced the chef and restaurant award finalists for their annual awards program, which will be presented at New York’s David H. Koch Theater in Lincoln Center on Monday, May 5. The complete list, after the jump.

Are These Really The Top 100 Restaurants In Hong Kong?

Interest in the Chinese city state is exploding
Mar 4, 2014 1:00 pm

Last week we told you about how Hong Kong is fast become the go-to food/travel destination in all of East Asia. The Chinese city-state is one of the world’s most exciting places to eat and the American media and air carriers have taken notice (ramping up non-stop flights and marketing the food angle pretty hard). And while the 9 restaurants we wrote about are all worth a visit, we sort of knew that it was only scratching the surface. Earlier today, the surface was smashed through with the announcement of Hong Kong's top 100 tables. Do you agree with the picks?

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