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May 3, 2013 | By Russ Parsons
Santa Monica author Anne Willan was inducted into the James Beard Foundation's Cookbook Hall of Fame on Friday night, highlighting the organization's annual awards ceremony . Willan, who moved to Southern California from her longtime home in France in 2007, is the author of more than two dozen cookbooks, including two that have become culinary bibles: "La Varenne Pratique" and "French Regional Cooking. " Willan's books have been published in 24 countries and translated into 18 languages.
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November 5, 2013 | By Mark Caro
Renowned Chicago chef Charlie Trotter, an inspirational and notoriously mercurial figure whose eponymous restaurant became an international destination and who pioneered a bold, distinctly American form of haute cuisine, has died. He was 54. Rescue crews called to Trotter's apartment in the Lincoln Park neighborhood of Chicago on Tuesday morning found him unresponsive. He was taken to Northwestern Memorial Hospital, where he was pronounced dead. A Cook County medical examiner's spokesman said Trotter's death did not appear suspicious and indicated that he had a history of seizures and strokes.
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NATIONAL
December 14, 2004 | From Times Wire Reports
The former president of the culinary James Beard Foundation, who resigned amid allegations that hundreds of thousands of dollars of foundation money was missing, was arraigned on charges of stealing large sums for his personal use. Leonard F. Pickell, 50, of Howell Township, N.J., pleaded not guilty to an indictment that charged him with second-degree grand larceny -- stealing at least $50,000 -- and criminal possession of a forged instrument. Assistant Atty. Gen.
NEWS
May 3, 2013 | By Russ Parsons
Santa Monica author Anne Willan was inducted into the James Beard Foundation's Cookbook Hall of Fame on Friday night, highlighting the organization's annual awards ceremony . Willan, who moved to Southern California from her longtime home in France in 2007, is the author of more than two dozen cookbooks, including two that have become culinary bibles: "La Varenne Pratique" and "French Regional Cooking. " Willan's books have been published in 24 countries and translated into 18 languages.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 19, 2007 | Mary Rourke, Times Staff Writer
Leonard F. Pickell Jr., a former president of the James Beard Foundation who resigned from his position and was later found guilty of stealing more than $1 million from the organization, died June 13. He was 53. Pickell died at his home in Howell, N.J., of embolisms in both lungs, according to news reports. The foundation, housed in the Greenwich Village brownstone that was once Beard's home, is considered the country's leading promoter of gastronomy.
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November 1, 1996 | GERALDINE BAUM, TIMES STAFF WRITER
There was a minuet going on in the Greenwich Village kitchen of the late James Beard one recent Thursday night. Three of New England's most talented chefs were dancing about the minefield of Beard's imperfectly equipped kitchen while trying to chat with dinner guests all around them. With mismatched china on the shelves, only one sink in a faraway corner and not nearly enough counter space, the trio in white toques had the staggering task of preparing a five-course meal for 91 fussy foodies.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 5, 2013 | By Mark Caro
Renowned Chicago chef Charlie Trotter, an inspirational and notoriously mercurial figure whose eponymous restaurant became an international destination and who pioneered a bold, distinctly American form of haute cuisine, has died. He was 54. Rescue crews called to Trotter's apartment in the Lincoln Park neighborhood of Chicago on Tuesday morning found him unresponsive. He was taken to Northwestern Memorial Hospital, where he was pronounced dead. A Cook County medical examiner's spokesman said Trotter's death did not appear suspicious and indicated that he had a history of seizures and strokes.
NEWS
May 6, 1997
Four Times writers won James Beard Foundation Journalism Awards for stories ranging from restaurant reviews to a series on a Berkeley restaurateur. The awards, presented last Friday at a banquet in New York, recognize excellence in food and beverage journalism. The following Times writers won awards: S.
FOOD
May 30, 1996
I read David Shaw's story about Valentino winning the James Beard Foundation's Outstanding Service Award among all restaurants in the United States ("It's Official: Service at Valentino Is Best," May 2) and laughed. In my dining experience, Valentino's food is exquisite, but its service is far from top notch. My wife and I went there last year for my birthday, and the staff seemed to completely forget and ignore us. The staff even began to break down tables and put away chairs right around us while we were in the middle of eating our dinner.
FOOD
August 29, 1991
Some time ago you reported on the James Beard awards and their presentation to several prominent chefs (May 16). In the story, you mentioned James Beard and the James Beard Foundation several times but at no point did you tell your readers who James Beard is. To you, and to others in your business, the information may be so basic that you assume everyone knows it. But most of your readers are not experts in the field, and you left us hanging....
NEWS
March 19, 2013 | By S. Irene Virbila
When the first ballot for the 2013 James Beard Foundation restaurant awards was published, Pete Wells, the restaurant critic for the New York Times, took exception in the Times' Diner's Journal blog . He felt that New York had been short-changed on the lists of 20 semifinalists for the various restaurant awards. (See the comments below the entry for a lively discussion.) Now it's L.A.'s turn to grouse. After all the official restaurant awards panelists had voted (there are 25 for each of 10 regions)
NEWS
March 18, 2013 | By Jenn Harris
The James Beard Foundation announced its awards nominees Monday during a luncheon at the historic Lowndes Grove Plantation in Charleston, S.C. There are 59 award categories including best restaurant and chef, best restaurant design, best radio show/audio webcast and more. Jonathan Gold Quiz: The birds Some Los Angeles chefs and restaurateurs made the cut. Chris Cosentino of Incanto in San Francisco (who's name also is behind PIGG in L.A.) and Jon Shook and Vinny Dotolo of Animal and Son of a Gun were among the nominees for Best Chef West; Caroline Styne of Lucques in West Hollywood was nominated for Best Restaurateur; and Suzanne Goin of Lucques and Nancy Silverton of Pizzeria Mozza were nominated for Outstanding Chef.
NEWS
March 13, 2013 | By Jenn Harris
The James Beard Foundation announced its 2013 Who's Who of Food & Beverage in America inductees. Of the six culinary professionals honored, one award was given to a California chef, Michael Mina. The foundation gives the Who's Who of Food & Beverage in America award each year to professionals who have made a notable contribution to the food and beverage industry in the U.S. The honorees include: Eric Asimov, the chief wine critic for the New York Times; Dorothy Kalins, the editor who founded Saveur magazine in 1994; Barbara Lynch, a James Beard award-winning chef and restaurateur from Boston; Zarela Martinez, a chef and restaurateur in New York; Michael Mina from Stonehill Tavern in Dana Point, the now-closed XIV in Los Angeles and Michael Mina in San Fransisco; and Bill Yosses, the White House executive pastry chef in Washington D.C. The award recipients will be honored at the annual James Beard Foundation Awards held at Lincoln Center's Avery Fisher Hall in New York on May 6. This year's awards theme is "Lights!
NEWS
February 27, 2013 | By Russ Parsons
Forget the Oscars  - they're so last weekend. The real awards season - the culinary prizes - are just starting to heat up. The first round of nominations for the James Beard Foundation's restaurant awards were last week; today comes the announcement of the finalists for the International Assn. of Culinary Professionals Cookbook Awards . The big winners were not surprising: Yotam Ottolenghi, very much the cook of the moment , was nominated for his new “Jerusalem: A Cookbook” in three categories: chefs and restaurants, food photography and styling, and international.
NEWS
February 20, 2013 | By Russ Parsons
This seems to be the week for lists. Not only did the James Beard Foundation release the first round of nominations for its restaurant awards Tuesday, but longtime GQ restaurant critic Alan Richman announced his choices for the 12 best restaurants of the year . Not to be outdone, today the website Daily Meal, which seems to produce provocative lists on an almost weekly basis, unveiled its choices for the 101 best eateries . I never take...
NEWS
February 19, 2013 | By Russ Parsons
First-round nominations for the 2013 James Beard Foundation restaurant awards have just been announced, and for Southern California, it's a mix of trusted old favorites as well as some shiny new stars. In the first category, you have the likes of Lucques' Suzanne Goin and Mozza's Nancy Silverton nominated for best chef; Sycamore Kitchen's Karen Hatfield for best pastry chef; Providence for outstanding service as well as standbys Melisse and Patinafor outstanding restaurant and Valentino's Piero Selvaggio and Lucques' Caroline Styne for outstanding restaurateurs.
FOOD
November 21, 2001
TODAY Big Bake Sale: The Ritz-Carlton Laguna Niguel adds a bake sale to its tree-lighting ceremony with goodies being sold to help raise funds for the United Service Organization of San Diego, which provides assistance to military members and their families. 4 p.m. The Ritz-Carlton Laguna Niguel, 1 Ritz-Carlton Drive, Dana Point. (949) 240-2000. Goodies range from $5 to $20. TUESDAY Campanile Desserts: Pastry chef Kimberly Boyce displays Christmas desserts from the restaurant. 6:30 p.m.
FOOD
June 15, 1995 | Russ Parsons, TIMES DEPUTY FOOD EDITOR
Peter Kump, president of Peter Kump's New York Cooking School and a founder and president of the James Beard Foundation, died last week in New York at the age of 57. Kump, recently selected by Nation's Restaurant News as one of 50 people who make a difference in cooking, died of liver cancer. He was born in Fresno and moved to Switzerland at 15, where he developed his love of food. A graduate of Stanford University, Kump founded and ran a theater company for several years.
FOOD
September 10, 2008 | Thomas Keller, Special to The Times
WHEN I was learning to cook, I never dreamed I'd wind up designing a line of porcelain. In those days I believed I would be a chef at one restaurant with one menu and in one kitchen for my whole life. That was the way chefs had always worked. Instead, I find myself in a generation of chefs whose responsibilities extend well beyond the kitchen. There is a whole new way of looking at the job -- one that none of us has been trained for. Chefs today are businessmen as much as they are cooks.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 19, 2007 | Mary Rourke, Times Staff Writer
Leonard F. Pickell Jr., a former president of the James Beard Foundation who resigned from his position and was later found guilty of stealing more than $1 million from the organization, died June 13. He was 53. Pickell died at his home in Howell, N.J., of embolisms in both lungs, according to news reports. The foundation, housed in the Greenwich Village brownstone that was once Beard's home, is considered the country's leading promoter of gastronomy.
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