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Ted Allen and Mario Batali Will Host the Beard Awards

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Food TV person (and the host of last year's JBFA Journalism Awards) Ted Allen and chef/orange shoe fanatic Mario Batali will host this year's James Beard Chef and Restaurant Awards on May 5 in NYC. Batali is also chairing the Gala, which will feature the food of Jonathan Benno, Stephanie Izard, Marc Vetri, Naomi Pomeroy, Paul Qui and others. The Books, Broadcast and Journalism Awards, held on May 2, will be hosted by cookbook authors Matt Lee and Ted Lee. Here's a press release:



New York, NY (March 10, 2014) – Today the James Beard Foundation announced that Chopped host, Emmy Award-winning TV personality and multiple James Beard Award winner Ted Allen will be accompanied by renowned multiple James Beard Award winning chef, author and restaurateur Mario Batali as the Master of Ceremonies and Gala Chef Chair for the 2014 James Beard Foundation Awards, the culinary industry's most prestigious recognition program. The highly anticipated Awards Ceremony and Gala Reception will take place on Monday, May 5, 2014, at Lincoln Center's David H. Koch Theater in New York City. On Friday, May 2, 2014, James Beard Award–winning authors Matt Lee and Ted Lee will host the annual James Beard Foundation Book, Broadcast & Journalism Awards Dinner at Gotham Hall in New York City.

After his successful stint as the host of The James Beard Foundation Books, Broadcast and Journalism Awards in 2013, Ted Allen returns to take the stage at Lincoln Center with friend and fellow culinary impresario Mario Batali, who is no stranger to the awards stage. Together, the two will headline an evening celebrating the "Sounds of the City," the enduring relationship between music and food, and the many ways in which the culinary community is inspired by music and the artists who create it. This year's gala reception will feature chefs from some of America's beloved musical cities creating dishes inspired by their favorite sounds, whether it's a local musical act, special song, or impactful musician.

Ted Allen is a recipient of two James Beard Awards and the host of a new competition for amateur cooks, America's Best Cook, debuting in April 2014. He is a contributing writer for Esquire magazine, and the author of two cookbooks, including The Food You Want to Eat: 100 Smart, Simple Recipes, and most recently, In My Kitchen: 100 Recipes and Discoveries for Passionate Cooks. Previously, Ted was a series regular on Food Network's The Best Thing I Ever Ate, a judge on the first four seasons of Bravo's Top Chef and of Food Network's Iron Chef America, and the food and wine specialist on the groundbreaking, Emmy Award-winning Bravo series Queer Eye. Additionally, Allen is coauthor of the New York Times Best Selling companion book to the Queer Eye series.

Multiple James Beard Award winning chef Mario Batali continues to grow his ever-expanding food empire with 26 restaurants, nine cookbooks, numerous television shows and two Eataly marketplaces. This winter, Mario opened Eataly Chicago – the second U.S. outpost of the hugely successful artisanal food and wine marketplace. This past December, Mario, along with businesspartner Joe Bastianich opened their fourth restaurant in Las Vegas, B&B Burger & Beer in The Venetian Hotel & Casino. Mario's highly praised cookbooks include the James Beard Award Winning, Molto Italiano: 327 Simple Italian Recipes (ecco 2005); New York Times Bestseller Mario Batali Italian Grill (ecco 2007); and Molto Batali: Simple Family Meals from My Home to Yours (ecco 2011). He appears daily on ABC's The Chew, a daytime talk show that celebrates and explores life through food. Mario's foray into the world of music will begin this spring as he launches a new web series on Dailymotion titled Feedback Kitchen where he interviews a famous musician, cooks a dish inspired by them, and then listens to that artist perform live.

As previous Books, Broadcast and Journalism Award winners, brothers Matt Lee and Ted Lee will return as hosts for this year's Awards. The brothers' food journey began when they left home in Charleston, South Carolina to attend colleges in the Northeast. The nostalgia for their hometown eats inspired them to create Lee Bros. Boiled Peanuts Catalogue, a mail-order catalogue for southern pantry staples and, of course, boiled peanuts. The brothers then embarked on a second career as food journalists and cookbook authors, after an editor of a travel magazine approached them to write a story about road tripping across their home state in search of great food. Their first two books, The Lee Bros. Southern Cookbook and The Lee Bros. Simple Fresh Southern have won a combined five James Beard Awards and International Association of Culinary Professionals (IACP) Awards. Their third cookbook, The Lee Bros. Charleston Kitchen, released in March 2013, was nominated for a 2014 IACP Award for Best American Cookbook.

"We are honored to have some our industry's top leaders conduct this year's Awards," said Susan Ungaro, president of the James Beard Foundation. "They will also be joined by chefs from some of America's favorite food cities who will showcase musically-inspired culinary creations in honor of the 2014 Award winners."

Chefs confirmed to cook at the Gala Reception following the Awards Ceremony on Monday, May 5, 2014, include:

Jonathan Benno, Lincoln Ristorante, NYC
Dante Bocuzzi, Dante, Cleveland, OH
Bill Corbett, The Absinthe Group. San Francisco
JBF Award Winner Robert Del Grande, Restaurant RDG + Bar Annie, Houston
Ford Fry, No.246, Decatur, GA
JBF Award Winner Brooks Headley, Del Posto, NYC
Andrew Ticer and Michael Hudman, Andrew Michael Italian Kitchen, Memphis
JBF Award Winner, Stephanie Izard, Girl & the Goat, Chicago
Joseph Johnson, The Cecil, NYC
JBF Award Winner, Charles Phan, The Slanted Door, San Francisco
Naomi Pomeroy, BEAST, Portland
JBF Award Winner, Paul Qui, Qui, Austin
Brian Recor, Morgan's in the desert, La Quinta, CA
Kevin Sbraga, Sbraga Dining, Philadelphia
JBF Award Winner, Jimmy Schmidt, Morgan's in the desert, La Quinta, CA
David Slater, Emeril's Restaurant New Orleans, New Orleans
Alexander Smalls, Harlem Jazz Enterprises, NYC
JBF Award Winner, Holly Smith, Cafe Juanita, Kirkland, WA
Kimmy Tang, 9021PHO, Beverly Hills, CA
Sue Torres, Tierra, Westport, CT
JBF Award Winner, Marc Vetri, Vetri, Philadelphia
Banks White, Minton's, NYC
Tandy Wilson, City House, Nashville

Chefs confirmed to cook at the VIP Gala Dinner following the Awards Ceremony on Monday, May 5, 2014, include:

Massimo Bebber, Sirio Ristorante at The Pierre, NYC
Raphael Francois, Le Cirque, NYC
Alfio Longo, Circo, NYC

Chefs confirmed to cook at the Book, Broadcast and Journalism Awards Dinner on Friday, May 2, 2014, include the following:

JBF Award Winners, Matt Lee and Ted Lee, NYC & Charleston
JBF Award Winner Anne Quatrano, Bacchanalia, Atlanta
Host Chef Matthew Riznyk, Great Performances, NYC
Steven Satterfield, Miller Union, Atlanta

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