You Can Buy a Home-Cooked Meal From a James Beard Finalist

The James Beard Foundation is now offering you the chance to bid on a once-in-a-lifetime experience with a famous chef.

Have you ever wanted to explore a farmer’s market with April Bloomfield or had Alice Waters cook you a private meal in your home? Well for the right price, now you can. The James Beard Foundation has announced that it is partnering with If Only, a website that lets you bid on dream-come-true experiences with celebrities, athletes, musicians and now, James Beard chefs.

This year, you will be able to bid on any number of experiences from 28 of the best chefs in the country who were all nominated for, or have been past winners of, the James Beard awards. Some of the experiences are bid on silent auction style, where you enter a bid on the item that you want, and for some experiences you have to request a quote. Some of the highlights we’ve seen include an apprenticeship with Jonathan Waxman for $2,000; VIP access to the James Beard awards in May for $2,000; a custom-designed kitchen from Tyler Florence for $45,000; and a private meal cooked by Matthew Accarino.

Bid for your dream culinary experience here. 


Joanna Fantozzi is an Associate Editor with The Daily Meal. Follow her on Twitter @JoannaFantozzi