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What’s It Like To Oversee the Carnegie Hall of the Culinary World? August 9- The Connected Table LIVE!

The Connected Table Live

If you’ve never dined at The James Beard House in New York City’s Greenwich Village, you are in for a one-of-a-kind experience. Formerly the home of the beloved cookbook author, educator and culinary raconteur, James Beard, aka “the Dean of American Cooking,” The James Beard House has been called “the Carnegie Hall of the Culinary World.”

The historic James Beard House is located at 167 West 12th Street in Greenwich Village, NYC

The historic James Beard House is located at 167 West 12th Street in Greenwich Village, NYC. Photo: Martin Ramin

Almost nightly a spectacular dinner takes place, prepared by a talented guest chef from around the world, delighting members lucky enough to score a seat.  More than 53,000 dining events have taken place at The James Beard House since its first dinner in 1987 prepared by Chef Wolfgang Puck, owner of Spago restaurant in Beverly Hills.

The James Beard House dining room. Photo: Martin Ramin

The James Beard House dining room. Photo: Martin Ramin

It’s also home to The James Beard Foundation, a non-profit founded in 1986 to celebrate, nurture and honor chefs anf other leaders in the industry. Educational programs, scholarships, advocacy and the annual James Beard Foundation Awards are among its many programs. Since 1991, The James Beard Foundation has awarded $7 million in scholarships.  JBF Awards recipients now number over 2500 since the program was launched in 1991 and was soon dubbed by TIME magazine as “the Oscars of the food & beverage industry.”

Susan Ungaro is President of The James Beard Foundation photo: Ken Goodman)

The James Beard Foundation President Susan Ungaro joins us August 9, 2pm EST, on The Connected Table LIVE (W4CY Radio/www.W4CY.com).  During Susan’s 11-year tenure she has initiated programs to align with the mission of JBF and its commitment to education, philanthropy and advocacy, and in the process raised its profile beyond the JBF Awards, JBF House dinners and other longtime special events. These include initiatives such as The annual JBF Food Summit, the JBF Leadership Awards and the Women in Culinary Leadership Program.  

Melanie Young and David Ransom are the insatiably curious culinary couple. Connected on Twitter@connectedtable Facebook/connectedtable Instagram.com/theconnectedtable.  Learn more at www.theconnectedtable.com

 

 

 

 

 

Where Chefs Connect- StarChefs CEO, Antoinette Bruno

Antoinette Bruno left a lucrative career on Wall Street to follow her passion and desire to work in a more hospitable community. She found both in food.  She enrolled in the Chefs’ Program at Ritz Escoffier in Paris. After graduating, she earned her culinary stripes working in restaurants in the south of France and then returned to the US ready for her new culinary career.

Antoinette Bruno, CEO/Editori-in-Chief, StarChefs.com

Antoinette Bruno, CEO/Editor-in-Chief, StarChefs.com

Antoinette’s goal was to demonstrate that a culinary career was not a dead end job. In fact, careers in food, wine and hospitality offered more opportunities than ever as the dining and bar scene exploded in the 1990s. In 1999, she became CEO of StarChefs.com, the first online food magazine (celebrating its 15th anniversary in 2015) whose mission is to “move the industry forward” by giving chefs the tools they need to be the best they can be in this fractious and competitive industry.

Since taking charge as CEO of StarChefs Antoinette has led the company to prominence and respect among culinary insiders. She has grown the company’s site traffic from 750,000 to 20 million hits per month.

StarChefs is a multi-media community for the industry

StarChefs is a multi-media community for the industry

Beyond the online magazine StarChefs influence in the culinary world is equally impressive. Each Fall it hosts the International Chefs Congress (ICC) in New York City, which provides chefs with a collaborative environment to share knowledge and experiment with new techniques. It is a forum where the world’s most innovative chefs pass their knowledge and techniques onto 1,500 of their peers.

Michel Richard on the main stage at ICC 2013 - New York, NY.

Michel Richard on the main stage at ICC 2013 – New York, NY.

Another program is the StarChefs Rising Stars Awards. Each year, StarChefs scours four cities across the country for their top culinary talent. Rising Stars are up-and-coming chefs and culinary professionals who represent the vanguard of the contemporary dining scene in America. The StarChefs.com Rising Stars Revue is now a major yearly event on the radar of the culinary who’s-who across the country.

StarChefs Chicago Rising Star 2015 Chef Harold Jurado of Yus

StarChefs Chicago Rising Star 2015 Chef Harold Jurado of Yus

StarChefs’ Board of Advisors consists of the country’s most influential chefs, including Jean-Georges Vongerichten, Daniel Boulud, Norman Van Aken, Todd English, and Marcus Samuelsson.

Connect:  www.starchefs.com  Twitter@starchefs  Facebook/StarChefs  Instagram/StarChefs

Antoinette visits with The Connected Table LIVE September 16, 2:30pm,EST on W4CY  and on demand at iHeart.com and the iHeart App.

David Ransom and Melanie Young, The Insatiably Curious Culinary Couple

David Ransom and Melanie Young, The Insatiably Curious Culinary Couple.  Connect: www.theconnectedtable.com  Twitter@connectedtable  Facebook/TheConnectedTable