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Return to Inductee Index The James Beard Foundation (James Beard)

The 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

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