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2005 James Beard Awards

206 and 425 are well represented this year as the James Beard awards nominations have been announced (.pdf file – you’ve been warned).

I want to give kudos to the following Seattle/Kirkland folks who were recognized by the institute:

2005 James Beard Foundation/KitchenAid Book Awards

Category: Baking and Desserts
Pure Chocolate
Authors: Fran Bigelow with Helene Siegel
Publisher: Broadway Books
Editor: Jennifer Josephy
Price: $35.00

2005 James Beard Foundation Restaurant and Chef Awards

Category: Outstanding Pastry Chef Award
Leslie Mackie
Macrina Bakery & Café
2408 First Avenue
Seattle, WA 98121

Category: Best Chef: Northwest/Hawaii
Scott Carsberg
2400 First Avenue
Seattle, WA 98121

Joseba Jiménez de
The Harvest Vine
2701 E. Madison
Seattle, WA 98112

Holly Smith
Café Juanita
9702 NE 120th Place
Kirkland, WA 98034

John Sundstrom
926 12th Avenue
Seattle, WA 98122

Congratulations to everyone of you. You are all deserving.

James Beard Foundation Restructures…again

Remember last year, when the James Beard Foundation was found to have spent hundreds of thousands of dollars without being able to actually account for it? As a charitable institution, this is a BIG no-no. Even Anthony Bourdain said that the charity took him for a chump.

Since that time, they have restructured…twice. Once back last September longtime President Leonard Pickell resigned before Board of Trustees meeting. And this past Tuesday, three new trustees were elected to its Board and, upon the acceptance of these new trustees, the previous Board of Trustees stepped down. These were the Trustees put in place to help get their house in order. They conducted an investigation, and introduced an action plan. This current reorganization is “intended to strengthen the Foundation’s professionalism and commitment to financial discipline, transparency, ethics and good governance”.

This is a good thing it seems, and they are showing a level of transparency which had not existed under Pickell’s reign. Have they gotten the trust of their core participants back? Probably not, but it’s a step in the right direction. Now if they foundation can face the realities of the restaurant industry, rather than only showing the romantic side, I’d be truly impressed.

The New York Times : Beard Scandal Scorches Awards for Chefs

There’s massive shake ups afoot at the James Beard Foundation, due in large part for being unable to account for how it has spent hundreds of thousands of dollars in annual revenue.

The fallout is now being felt througout the upper tier restaurant reporting industry (login required SN: accidental PW:hedonist).

This has been brewing for a while (well, at least since mid July), and came to a head in early September when Julia Moskin of the New York times reported on the thousands of dollars missing in the Revenue records (no link as NYT has already archived the article). Apparently they brought in 4.7 million last year, but the outgoing cash was minimal as exampled by the 29k for scholarships from their general fund. (Phyllis Isaacson, Director of Information Services at The James Beard Foundation, has since stated that they have given out nearly 200k in funds, but most of this comes from fund raising specifically for scholarships and not the general operating fund).

More coming on this, to be sure…



Kudos to Chef Eric Tanaka of the Dahlia Lounge, winner of the James Beard award for best chef of the Pacific Northwest and Hawaii region!!