Daniela Soto-Innes on Being a Young Boss

Daniela Soto-Innes on Being a Young Boss

James Beard winning chef Daniela Soto-Innes is known for heading the kitchen at famed restaurant Cosme. Named ‘Restaurant of the Year’ by Eater and receiving 3 stars from the New York Times, the restaurant has proven itself to be one of the best.

But one thing you may not know about this award-winning chef is that she is only 27... and she won her James Beard at 25.

Her secret: Daniela began working in kitchens at 14– lying about her age until she helped open Cosme at 23.

So what does the life of a millennial success story look like? The Cut reports:

Read More

Chef José Andrés Rises As the 2018 James Beard Humanitarian Honoree

Chef José Andrés Rises As the 2018 James Beard Humanitarian Honoree

James Beard Award-winning Chef, Restaurateur, and Philanthropist José Andrés has been named the recipient of the 2018 James Beard Humanitarian Award.

You may remember hearing about Andrés recently when the celebrity chef turned activist opted to Tweet a selfie expressing he was allegedly not allowed to enter an event in Washington D.C., at the restaurant owner’s and Ivanka Trump’s request. When the first daughter personally replied back to Andrés clarifying that she had nothing to do with the misunderstanding, the chef took the opportunity to bring up a political issue close to him—immigration.

Read More

James Beard Foundation Announces 2018 Restaurant and Chef Award Semifinalists

 James Beard Foundation Announces 2018 Restaurant and Chef Award Semifinalists

The James Beard Foundation has just announced its list of Restaurant and Chef Award semifinalists for the 28th annual James Beard Foundation Awards. After receiving more than 20,000 entries, semifinalists were chosen for each of the  21 categories like best new restaurants, outstanding bar programs, and rising star chefs under 30.  

The foundation will announce the final nominees for each award category on March 14th during a press conference held at Stephen Starr’s restaurant, Parc.

About the James Beard Foundation’s awards

After receiving entries, the Restaurant and Chef Committee reviews them to determine eligibility and regional representation. Based on the results and eligibility requirements for each award, the committee then produces a nominating ballot that lists the semifinalists in each of the 21 Restaurant and Chef Award categories. The list is then voted on by 600 regional restaurant critics, food and wine editors, culinary educators, and past James Beard Foundation Restaurant and Chef Award winners to determine the final five nominees in each category. The same judges then vote on these five nominees to select the winners.

The James Beard Foundation Awards Gala will be held at the Lyric Opera of Chicago on Monday, May 7, 2018. During the event, which is open to the public, awards for the Restaurant and Chef and Restaurant Design categories will be handed out, along with special achievement awards Humanitarian of the Year, Lifetime Achievement, Design Icon, Who’s Who of Food and Beverage in America, and America’s Classics. A gala reception, featuring acclaimed chefs and beverage professionals from across the country, will immediately follow.

Winners of the 2018 James Beard Media Awards will be announced at an exclusive event honoring the nation's top cookbook authors, culinary broadcast producers and hosts, and food journalists at Pier Sixty at Chelsea Piers in New York City April 27th.

Read More

A Look Back at This Year's SF James Beard Semi-Finalists

It’s that time of year again. Last week, the James Beard Foundation announced the 2016 semi-finalists. On March 15th, the finalists will be chosen. No matter, making any round of the JBFAs is an honor and a privilege to both rising culinary stars and vets who continue to innovate their dishes, cocktails, and/or concepts.

Below, we gather some of the best sound bites from the past year of San Francisco's semi-finalists we have had the privilege of interviewing and filming with. Make sure to check out the full list of semi-finalists here.

William Werner, Craftsman and Wolves, SF
Nominated for: Outstanding Baker

On how he got started in pastry:
“I started out cooking savory, I really enjoyed it. I just delved into all things cooking — books on books on books and research, and worked at a lot of different places, and then ended up working at a small restaurant that was chef-owned that had a pastry chef during the day, and I would go in and help her out a little bit, and I just came to find I really appreciated the focal point of pastry where you can be very conceptualized, even from an architectural standpoint.”

On developing the concept:
“In France and Japan, the pastry shops are very chef-driven, and so are our restaurants here [in SF]. But I wasn’t seeing your local neighborhood bakeries and pastry shops have this kind of style, for lack of a better term.”

Bar Agricole, SF
Nominated for: Outstanding Bar Program

Translated, Bar Agricole means “farm bar,” and the menu changes daily depending on the supply and demand of local ingredients. But it’s not just the cuisine that is affected. Bar Agricole’s cocktails are also modern farm-to-table. Heading up the cocktail program are Thad Vogler and Eric Johnson, with Jai Wilson on all things wine. The cocktail menu includes concoctions like the Brown Derby (bourbon, grapefruit, lemon, honey, and bitters), Presidente (white rum, white vermouth, farmhouse curaçao, grenadine, and bitters), and the Bellamy Scotch Sour (blended scotch, lemon, honey, bitters, and egg white).

Trick Dog, SF
Nominated for: Outstanding Bar Program

Nestled in a multi-story townhouse in San Francisco, Trick Dog is a drinking establishment run by The Bon Vivants. The vibe is decidedly homey with a warehouse feel, as a canine-themed neighborhood bar should be. Morgan Schick, the creative director, fell in love with bartending while working as the head chef at a nightclub in Portland.

In the video below, Schick walks us through three out-of-the-box cocktail creations — all named after calendar months and, naturally, dog names — including a drink built around a cheese garnish that includes whiskey, wine and beer.

Check out our coverage on other JBF nominees here

The 2015 James Beard Award Finalists - Best Chef Southwest

The 2015 James Beard Award Finalists - Best Chef Southwest

By Bev Garvin, Foodable Contributor

The 2015 James Beard Awards will be held at Lyric Opera in Chicago, hosted by Alton Brown, on Monday, May 4, 2015. The annual James Beard Foundation (JBF) Awards also known as “The Oscars of Food” honors the best chefs, restaurants, bars and industry professionals and has a long-standing reputation of being the highest ranking food award in America. Here is a rundown of the finalists for the JBF Best Chef Southwest 2015.

Read More