James Beard Foundation is a non-profit organization in New York City, New
York named in honor of ledgendary chef, James Beard. It honors and
promotes the culinary arts by recognizing the finest chefs, wine
professionals, writers and cookbook authors at annual award ceremonies. It
also provides scholarships, grants and educational opportunities to
students in the culinary field.
The foundation was founded in 1986 by Peter Krump, the
founder of Institute of Culinary Education and a former student of Beard.
Prompted by Julia Child, Krump arranged for the purchase of the New York
brownstone located at 167 West 12th Street in Greenwich Village. James
Beard would entertain chefs, students and culinarian of all types there
and it was Krump's vision to preserve it as a place where the world could
meet and honor new, established chefs and culinarians of all types. On
November 5th of that year the James Beard Foundation officially opened the
James Beard House “to provide a center for the culinary arts and to
continue to foster the interest James Beard inspired in all aspects of
food, its preparation presentation, and of course, enjoyment,” according
to a press release issued that day.
Today the James Beard House hosts more than 250 events
throughout the year featuring chefs and their crews in front of the
general public, industry professionals and Foundation members. To be asked
to cook in the James Beard kitchen is quite an honor.
The annual James Beard Awards, considered the
"Oscars" of the culinary industry, are held on the first Monday
of May each year featuring the main Awards Galas and winning chef's
tasting receptions. Jounalism awards are held on a seperate evening.
The James Beard Foundation has handed out over $2
million in cash awards, grants and tuition waivers to culinary students in
financial need, so they can pursue their dreams