Each year, somewhere between March entering like a lion and going out like lamb, the James Beard Foundation announces the nominees for its prestigious annual awards. Considered the culinary world’s equivalent of the Academy Awards, the accolades are bestowed in almost 60 (count them!) categories, spanning areas including cookbooks, broadcast media, restaurant design, and restaurants and chefs.
The 2017 nominees were announced Wednesday morning at a.o.c., in Los Angeles, over breakfast (Spanish fried chicken with cornmeal waffles; brioche with prosciutto, gruyere and quail egg; pastries) prepared by the restaurant’s James Beard Award-winning chef Suzanne Goin, and streamed via Facebook Live for the curious (and possibly hungry) masses.
If you missed it, no worries. You can find a complete list of nominees here. The winners of the 2017 James Beard Media Awards, honoring cookbook authors, food journalists, and culinary broadcast producers and hosts, will be announced in New York on Tuesday, April 25. Awards in the remaining categories, including Restaurant and Chef and Restaurant Design, will be presented at the James Beard Awards Gala, which will be held in Chicago on Monday, May 1.
Among the 2017 James Beard Foundation Book Award nominees is Food Network’s own Ina Garten. She has been nominated in the General Cooking category for her book Cooking for Jeffrey: A Barefoot Contessa Cookbook (Clarkson Potter). The other nominees in that category are Cook’s Science: How to Unlock Flavor in 50 of Our Favorite Ingredients (Cook’s Illustrated), by the editors at Cook’s Illustrated, and Eat in My Kitchen: To Cook, to Bake, to Eat, and to Treat (Prestel), by Meike Peters.
Ina has also been nominated for a 2017 James Beard Foundation Broadcast Media Award in the Special (on TV or Web) category for Barefoot in Washington, a Food Network special she hosted and Rachel Purnell, Olivia Ball, Bridget Lumley and Carl Green produced. (Read more about Barefoot in Washington here.) Also nominated in that category are PBS’s Lidia Celebrates America: Holiday for Heroes (Host: Lidia Bastianich; Producers: Lidia Bastianich, Anne Adams and Shelly Burgess Nicotra) and WCVB Boston and wcvb.com’s WCVB TV Chronicle – Chocolate (Host: Anthony Everett; Producer: Sangita Chandra).
Another member of the broader Food Network family nominated for a 2017 James Beard Foundation Broadcast Media Award is Andrew Zimmern, who has been recognized as an Outstanding Personality/Host for Andrew Zimmern’s Bucket List, Andrew Zimmern’s Driven by Food and Bizarre Foods with Andrew Zimmern, which air on Travel Channel and andrewzimmern.com. Also competing in that category are Mario Batali for Moltissimo, which airs on munchies.vice.com, and Emeril Lagasse for Eat the World with Emeril Lagasse, which airs on Amazon Prime Video.
Ina and Andrew have both won James Beard Foundation awards before. Here’s wishing the best of luck in adding to their culinary-accolade collection.