side.gif global:spacer.gif
The James Beard Foundation Awards

Award Gala

Award Gala Menu

Policies & Procedures

Chef & Restaurant Awards

KitchenAid Book Awards

Journalism Awards

Viking Range Electronic Media Awards

Restaurant Design Awards


global:spacer.gif awardslogo.gif

Press Contacts:
Melanie Young, James Beard Foundation Awards Director: 212.620.7027/ext. 303
Jeanne Wilensky, James Beard Foundation Public Relations Director: 718.435.5569

Press Release

The Tenth Annual James Beard Foundation Awards -- Fact Sheet


Established in 1990, The James Beard Foundation Awards are the premier honors for fine food and beverage professionals in North America. More than 60 Awards are given to chefs, restaurateurs, cookbook authors, journalists, broadcasters and restaurant designers. Award nominees and winners are selected by secret ballot by their industry peers. More than 600 food and beverage professionals vote. Each judge is assigned to vote in one or more award categories, based on his or her areas of expertise. Deloitte & Touche, LLP handles tabulation. Winners receive a bronze award medallion etched with the image of James Beard.


Journalism Awards Dinner: Friday, May 5, 2000, Hilton New York

Awards Gala: Monday, May 8, 2000, New York Marriott Marquis


The culinary theme of the 2000 Awards is "A Passion for Italy: Food, Wine & Culture." The May 8 reception showcases 40 chefs from Italy and the U.S. who specialize in Italian cuisine. Lidia Bastianich, Felidia Ristorante, serves as executive chef.


Any eligible food and beverage industry professional may enter and be considered for a James Beard Foundation Award. All judging is conducted by food and beverage industry professionals recognized for their expertise in the award category(s) they judge. All assigned judges sign affidavits confirming they have no professional conflicts of interest in the category(s) they are judging. Membership in and service to The James Beard Foundation are neither a requirement nor criteria for awards consideration. Trustees and staff of The James Beard Foundation do not vote. Sponsors do not vote or influence the selection process. The Journalism Awards accept no outside sponsorship and are solely funded by the Foundation. For a free copy of The James Beard Foundation Awards "Policy and Procedures" booklet please fax a request with name and address to 212-627-1064 or 212-645-3654.


The James Beard Foundation is a national not-for-profit organization based in New York City dedicated to furthering the practice and appreciation of the culinary arts in America. In addition to presenting The James Beard Foundation Awards, the Foundation grants more than $250,000 in scholarships annually; holds special events at the historic James Beard House in Greenwich Village and around the nation, and maintains an archival culinary library. Membership information: 212-627-2308 or 1-800-36-BEARD. Web site address:


The Awards rely on corporate underwriting. Sponsors include: Alitalia; All-Clad Metalcrafters; American Express Company;; Barilla Pasta; Bertolli Olive Oil;; Bindi; Champagne Perrier-Jouët; Chefwear; Citterio USA; D’Artagnan Cervena; Georgetown Farm; Hawaiian Vintage Chocolate; Hudson Valley Foie Gras; illy espresso of the americas, inc.; KitchenAid; Kobrand Corporation; National Cattlemen’s Beef Association; Perrier Group of America; Rums of Puerto Rico; Sub-Zero Freezer Company; Viking Range Corp.; and Weber Grills (Weber-Stephen Products Co.).

The American Express® Card is the official Card of The James Beard Foundation Awards.

FOR AWARDS INFORMATION: Visit our web site at Or call: Yvon Moller at 212-627-2090 or Dawn Padmore, 212-620-7027, ext. 302