On May 4, the 2015 James Beard Foundation Awards will be hosted in Chicago for the first time in the Foundation’s history. The ceremony will be hosted by Alton Brown at the Lyric Opera House in Chicago, and The Chew’s Carla Hall will host the Foundation’s Book, Broadcast, and Journalism Awards Dinner on Friday, April 24, at Pier Sixty at Chelsea Piers in New York City.
Among this year’s broadcast nominees are All Things Considered's Found Recipes and Hidden Kitchens World, WKSU News’ Quick Bites, the Feed Podcast, and Gravy. For visual and technical excellence: PBS’ A Chef’s Life, Tastemade’s The Grill Iron, and Wall of Fire: A ChefSteps Story. For work on location: Andrew Zimmern’s Bizarre Foods, A Chef’s Life, and Mind of a Chef. For programs in studio: Bobby Flay’s Barbecue Addiction, Martha Stewart’s Cooking School, and Sara’s Weeknight Meals. Food Chains and Hey Bartender, A Film About Coffee have received nominations as the year’s outstanding documentaries.
In books and literature, nominations include Sean Brock’s Heritage, The New England Kitchen, Texas on the Table, Marcus Off Duty, Egg: A Culinary Exploration, The Chain Farm Factory, The Language of Food, and The Third Plate.
In chef and restaurant nominations, this year’s Humanitarian Award will go to Michel Nischan, CEO of Wholesome Wave.
For Best Chef (annoucements by April Bloomfield and Beard Foundation members): Curtis Duffy (Grace), Jonathon Sawyer (The Greenhouse Tavern), Paul Virant (Vie), Erling Wu-Bower (Nico Osteria), Andrew Zimmerman (Sepia), Cindy Wolf (Charleston), Justin Carlisle (Ardent), Gerard Craft (Niche), Michelle Gayer (Salty Tart), Blaine Wetzel (The Willows Inn on Lummi Island), Greg Denton and Gabrielle Quiñónez Denton (Ox), Marco Canora (Hearth), Mario Carbone and Rich Torrisi (Carbone), Mark Ladner (Del Posto), Anita Lo (Annisa), Ignacio Mattos (Estela), Jonathan Waxman (Barbuto), Alon Shaya (Domenica), Slade Rushing (Brennan's), Vishwesh Bhatt (Snackbar), Aaron Franklin (Franklin Barbecue), Matthew Accarrino (SPQR), Corey Lee (Benu), and Jon Shook and Vinny Dotolo (Animal).
See the complete list of nominations for Best Chef online at The James Beard Foundation.
For Best Pastry Chef: Dana Cree, Maura Kilpatrick, Christina Tosi, Dahlia Narvaez, and Ghaya Oliveira.
For Outstanding Restaurateur: JoAnn Clevenger (Upperline), Donnie Madia (One Off Hospitality), Michael Mina (Mina), and Stephen Starr (Starr Restaurants), Cindy Pawlcyn (CP Cooks LLC).
For Outstanding Chef: Michael Anthony, Sean Brock, Suzanne Goin, Donald Link, and Marc Vetri.
For more a more detailed list of nominees, check out the full roster online at the James Beard Foundation.