James Beard Foundation
The James Beard Foundation is a New York- based organization dedicated to promoting the art of cooking . It bears its name in memory of James Beard . Every year it honors chefs , wine experts , journalists and cookbook authors . Young cooking starts are supported with scholarships .
The organization was founded in 1986 by Peter Kump , a student of James Beard and founder of the Institute of Culinary Education . On the recommendation of Julia Child , Kump bought James Beard's house in New York's Greenwich Village and opened it to the public and press. The public should have the opportunity to get to know the skills of established and future chefs and learn them worthily. This includes regular dinner events where such respected chefs as Daniel Boulud , Emeril Lagasse , Nobu Matsushisa , Jacques Pépin and Charlie Totter demonstrated their skills.
The James Beard Foundation Awards, considered the Oscars of the kitchen , are presented annually to outstanding chefs, journalists and authors. The award ceremony for chefs, including a wine tasting, takes place on the first Monday in May. The award ceremony for authors and journalists will take place later.
The organization made headlines in 2004 for misusing entrusted funds. The board of directors of the organization then resigned.
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