Ready4Air (Culinary Cues) | Winning A James Beard Award: For CBS “This Morning’s The Dish” The First Time Is The Charm

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May 1, 2015 | Posted in Culinary Cues | By

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CBS This Morning The Dish producer Marci Waldman and Debbie Mitchell
The 2015 James Beard Foundation Book, Broadcast, and Journalism Awards, NYC
Photo Credit: Debbie Mitchell/Deborah Mitchell Media Associates

Congratulations to my former CBS coworkers–producers Marci Waldman and Greg Mirman! Their Saturday show, “This Morning’s The Dish”, was a winner at this year’s James Beard Awards. The show took home an award in the Broadcast and Media Television Segment category. They are living proof that you have to be in it to win it! This was the first time the show was submitted and nominated. When I emailed Marci over the weekend for an interview, she was still reeling from their unexpected win. She says that as a first-time submitter to the awards, she didn’t think they would win right out of the gate.

I hadn’t seen Greg or Marci since leaving CBS The Early Show five years ago, so the night was made extra special by their win. It was a perfect way to top off the evening. Here’s what Marci had to say about the first time being a charm.

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The CBS “This Morning The Dish” winning for Television Segment
The 2015 James Beard Foundation Book, Broadcast, and Journalism Awards, NYC
Photo Credit: Debbie Mitchell/Deborah Mitchell Media Associates

Congratulations again on winning a 2015 James Beard Broadcast and Media Award! Tell me what it felt like when your team heard them say, “The James Beard Broadcast and Media Television Segment winner is CBS “This Morning’s The Dish”

Thank you so much. It still feels completely surreal to have won a James Beard Award! I was sitting at a table with my executive producer, Brian Applegate, our anchors Anthony Mason and Vinita Nair, and another producer, Greg Mirman. I heard the “C” in CBS announced and I looked at Anthony. He turned to me and said, “You did it Marc.” Vinita hugged me and I just thought OMG, we WON! I looked at Brian Applegate and he had a HUGE smile on his face and Mirman and I just stared at each other for a moment and then both broke into laughter. It was just pure joy.

What does winning the James Beard Broadcast and Media award mean to your team and the show?

This is our first submission, our first nomination, and our first win. Winning the James Beard Broadcast and Media Award means that we are doing something right. It is such a huge reward for all the hard work that everyone puts into this segment, to the entire show. It’s a huge morale boast for the entire staff.

Was this the first time you attended the James Beard Awards? Besides winning what were the highlights of the event?

It was the first time any of us had attended the James Beard Awards, and we were like kids in a culinary candy shop. Our heads were turning in every direction. The highlight of the event was seeing so many of the amazing chefs we’ve had on the show over the years. The first person I saw when I walked into the cocktail reception was Dorie Greenspan and just seeing her smiling face was a huge highlight. After we won, Michael Lomonaco came over to hug me and said he was so proud of me. Sean Brock, who had just won for his amazing cookbook, Heritage, came over to say he was happy for our win. These are chefs who I idolize, and they were congratulating me! It wasn’t just a highlight of the evening–it’s a highlight of my entire life.

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CBS The Dish winners for Television Segment (l) executive producer Brian Applegate, producer Greg Mirman, anchor Vinita Nair, producer Marci Waldman, and anchor Anthony Mason.
The 2015 James Beard Foundation Book, Broadcast, and Journalism Awards, NYC
Photo Credit: Debbie Mitchell/Deborah Mitchell Media Associates

 

Tell us about This Morning’s The Dish.

The Dish is a weekly, live studio segment on CBS This Morning: Saturday. I produce and book the chefs for the segment. The best way to describe The Dish is it’s Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner and Chef, This is Your Life. Top chefs from around the country join anchors Anthony Mason and Vinita Nair at our “dinner” table for a meal of their ultimate dish. Through casual dinner conversation, viewers get the inside scoop on the biggest names in the culinary world.

On occasion, we present a special edition of The Dish as a longer-format profile piece, which tape producer extraordinaire Greg Mirman produces. We take a deeper look at the lives of movers and shakers in the food business and culinary scene.

Tell me about the James Beard Broadcast and Media submission process. Which shows did you submit, and what made these shows stand out as JBF award-worthy for you?

The process of selecting three segments to submit was almost painful because we are so passionate about each and every one of our chefs. Each come to play and with an amazing story to tell. We knew we were going to submit our Pat LaFreida profile because it was amazing. Pat–butcher and meat purveyor to just about everyone in the business–had just released his first cookbook MEAT: Everything You Need to Know, and our Jeff Glor spoke to him first. He spent time with him at the shop and on a field trip to a couple of restaurants he supplies meat to. Pat Sr. was also in the piece, and Greg did a beautiful job telling their story and their family history.

Our second submission was a round-table chat at the International Culinary Center, which was celebrating its 30th anniversary. Anthony and Vinita interviewed Dean of Pastry and Master Pastry Chef/Chocolatier Jacques Torres and past graduates Daisy Martinez, Michael Chernow, and Wylie Dufresne about their time at ICC and what the experience had meant to them and their careers. It was a rousing, often hysterical conversation that really showed the personalities of four of the country’s top chefs and our anchors.

Our final submission was the hardest because I needed to pick one of our in-studio segments. My first round selection had 20 chefs, and Brian kicked me out of his office. I went back to the drawing board and with a broken heart whittled the list down to 10 of my favorite segments. I went back in–all happy with myself–and he told me to come back when the list was down to two. (WHAT?) I watched those segments over and over and finally decided that Dorie Greenspan’s segment had all the elements we wanted–a visually beautiful table, a chef with an original and engaging story to tell, and Anthony and Vinita having fun with the chef. Dorie checked all the boxes and then some.

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How many categories did you enter and which one did you win?

We entered one category, Television Segment, and won that category.

How did you feel when you got the news that you were nominated?

The James Beard Foundation announced all nominees live via their Twitter feed, and I was lying in bed with my phone clutched in my hand, scrolling through each tweet. Television Segment popped up and The Dish was the first entry. I screamed out loud! With shaking hands, I sent an email to Brian, Anthony, Vinita, and Greg that said (SUBJECT LINE) YES!!!!!!!!!!! (BODY OF TEXT) We are nominated for a James Beard Award!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! (I saved the email, so I know how many exclamation points I put in.)

When you saw the competition in your category, what did you think?

When I saw that The Hungry Hound and DeRusha Eats had been nominated as well, I thought, “Wow, tough competition.” I do extensive research for all The Dish segments and many have come from their neck of the woods. I have watched many of their segments and am a huge fan of their work. Steve Dolinsky has several James Beard Awards under his belt. Jason DeRusha comes from WCCO, one of CBS News’s strongest affiliates. We were going up against family!

And, finally, are you going to submit for another James Beard Award next year?

ABSOLUTELY!

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Thanks, Marci! Again, congrats to you and the team.

Coming up: Ready4Air (Culinary Cues) Letting the food tell the story in a cooking segment

Deborah J. Mitchell

Deborah Mitchell Media Associates – Photo Credit: Debbie Mitchell Graphic – Design: Nay Ayache

Emmy-nominated network television producer Deborah Mitchell is a veteran of ABC and CBS News, a member of the Producers Guild of America, and a board member of the James Beard Broadcast and Media Awards Committee. Through Deborah Mitchell Media Associates, she will create your online personality with a customized website, book you on the right television show, manage your social media profiles, and connect you with the best and brightest digital influencers. Deborah is a weekly contributor for Entrepreneur.com and author of So You Want To Be On TV. You can follow Deborah @SocialTVDeb and/or email SocialTVDeb@gmail.com, or email Nay Ayache on naydmma@gmail.com.  

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Ready4Air The Week Ahead|Prepping On Show Day | Eric Hill We’ll Miss You | The JBF Kitchen Cam

Photo Credit: Debbie Mitchell

April 28, 2014 | Posted in Social TV | By

 

Last week took a sudden turn when a former client of Deborah Mitchell Media Associates passed away unexpectedly. Eric Hill was only 31 but had already lived many lives and experienced more than most people dream about. Eric died last Wednesday after suffering a major head injury on Easter Sunday during a paragliding accident in his home state of Utah. His death has been frequenting the news because Eric was due to be a part of the upcoming new season of ABC’s “The Bachelorette.”  

Eric was lots of things to different people. An adventurer, an extreme sports lover, and a curious soul whose magnetic personality got strangers to open their homes to him on his journey around the world.  The Global Odyssey was Eric’s project to travel to 194 countries, teaming up with local charities and sharing his unique cultural experiences from all over the world. Hill was known for doing handstands wherever he could and searching for the awesomeness in everything.  If you chose to Go with Eric you were on the adventure with him.

This week on Ready4Air we remember Eric Hill and the legacy he leaves behind.

Teen film critic Jackson Murphy prepping for Arise On Screen Photo Credit: Michelle Lynne Madar

Teen film critic Jackson Murphy prepping for Arise On Screen
Photo Credit: Michelle Lynne Madar

Getting Ready4Air, the day of a show taping is filled with lots of preparation for producers, crew, talent, and the show guests. When everyone is properly prepared it is no surprise the show goes smoothly. Proper prep hours to minutes before a show is always, especially for guests and talent, the perfect way to get focused on the key points, elements, and video to be covered on the program.

This week on Ready4Air, we walk through process of prepping for “Arise On Screen” on the morning of the show.

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James Beard Portrait at James Beard House NYC Photo Credit: Debbie Mitchell

James Beard Portrait at James Beard House NYC
Photo Credit: Debbie Mitchell

This coming weekend (May 1-5) is time to celebrate the best of the best in the culinary world.  The 2014 James Beard Awards will be awarded in various categories, including books, restaurants and broadcast and new media.  Speaking of new media, the kitchen at the James Beard House has bumped it up a notch. They’ve added a kitchen camera to capture world class chefs prepping and cooking  for those famous dinners at the James Beard House.  The cameras captures the kitchen, stove and prep for the meal. Check out what’s going here.

Related post: Foodie Friday | 2014 James Beard Nominees Announced & Chefs Getting Social

Jarid Manos CEO of Great Plains Restoration Council

Jarid Manos CEO of Great Plains Restoration Council

And finally,  in last week’s Foodie Friday, Julia Yarbough introduced us to Jarid Manos and the vegan lifestyle. Jarid shared his personal commitment to a vegan life and the lifestyle’s health benefits.

This Friday Julia is back with more about Jarid’s vegan life including his favorite vegan meal, recipes and restaurants.

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Coming Up: DMMA Tribute to Eric Hill

Deborah Mitchell Media Associates Photo Credit: Debbie Mitchell Graphic Design: Nay Ayache

Deborah Mitchell Media Associates
Photo Credit: Debbie Mitchell
Graphic Design: Nay Ayache

TV/Social Media Producer Debbie Mitchell is an Emmy nominated producer who is a member of the Producers Guild of America (PGA). She is currently a member of the James Beard Broadcast and New Media Awards Committee.  Deborah is Executive Producer of Arise On Screen a global and socially interactive movie review show. If you are a brand interested in Social TV, blogger outreach campaigns, or a blogger or personality interested in television placement follow Debbie Mitchell@SocialTVDeb and/or email SocialTVDeb@gmail.com. If all else fails, her resourceful assistant, Sang, will find her.

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Foodie Friday | Chef Fleurimond Is Back With A Web Series On Haitian Cuisine

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November 1, 2013 | Posted in Culinary Cues, Lifestyle Lineup (Food,Fashion,Travel,Books), Social TV | By

Congratulations to Chef Nadege Fleurimond on her new original web series  ” Haiti Uncovered- Dishing It with Nadege” !

In the above teaser  Host Chef Fleurimond interviews and cooks with singer and songwriter Emeline Michel on the show that premiered on Wednesday October 30  on Chef Nadege’s  Youtube Channel . The new cooking show is an extension of the upcoming coffee table book  Haiti Uncovered: A Culinary Journey Into the Art of Haitian Cuisine  , a part of the Haiti Uncovered book project, aimed at showcasing the beauty of Haiti through it’s beautiful talented guests and food!

Chef Nadege Fleurimond and Debbie at Media Dinner, 2012 Photo Credit: Debbie Mitchell

Chef Nadege Fleurimond and Debbie at Media Dinner, 2012
Photo Credit: Debbie Mitchell

I first met Chef Nadege Fleurimond last year around this time at a media dinner for the re-release of her book, part memoir and cookbook,  “TASTE OF LIFE: A Culinary Memoir.”  At the dinner Fleurimond dazzled the crowd with her cooking and read excerpts from her book after the meal. Weeks after the dinner I asked Chef Nadege to write a post for Foodie Friday. Check it out below.

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Photo Credit: Debbie Mitchell

Photo Credit: Debbie Mitchell

For the media dinner, a lovely group gathered in a downtown space for a tasty menu  of food created with a Haitan twist. Chef Nadege has been busy . In addition to the book, the new web series, and her  catering company Fleurimond Catering ,Inc.  Fleurimond found time to prepare and attend the exclusive Diner En Blanc event in New York City this year.

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Over 40,000 people registered to attend the all white dinner event, sort of a foodie flash mob, where the location is revealed at the very last minute.  This year 4,000 out of the 40,000 people registered were invited including Chef Fleurimond to have Diner En Blanc in Bryant Park.  Her  all white presentation included a striking goldfish in a bowl centerpiece which caught the attention of the local CBS news crew covering the event. It’s not easy to stand out in a crowd of 4,000. LOL!

 

If you want to learn more about  international cuisine take a few minutes to tune in to “Haiti Uncovered: Dishing it with Nadege” , it’s a wonderful way to  bring Haitian Cuisine to the international stage and your kitchen.  Check your local cable stations for airing.  Media partners, www.HaitianTimes.com & www.Haitianbeatz.com will also be airing the show monthly and subsequently bi-weekly. Congratulations! Chef.

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Photo Credit: Debbie Mitchell

Photo Credit: Debbie Mitchell

TV/Social Media Producer Debbie Mitchell is an Emmy nominated producer who is a member of the Producers Guild of America (PGA).  She is currently a member of the James Beard Broadcast and New Media Awards Committee.  If you are interested in “ Book Case TV” or are a brand interested in Social TV, blogger outreach campaigns, or a blogger or personality interested in television placement follow Debbie Mitchell@SocialTVDeb and/or email SocialTVDeb@gmail.com.

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Foodie Friday | The Culinary World Comes Alive For The James Beard 2014 Awards

James Beard Portrait at James Beard House NYC
Photo Credit: Debbie Mitchell and Deborah Mitchell Media Associates

October 4, 2013 | Posted in Lifestyle Lineup (Food,Fashion,Travel,Books), Social TV | By

 

Chef Andrew Zimmern and Debbie Mitchell James Beard Broadcast and New Media Awards, 2012 Photo Credit: Debbie Mitchell

Chef Andrew Zimmern and Debbie Mitchell
James Beard Broadcast and New Media Awards, 2012
Photo Credit: Debbie Mitchell

Well it’s that time of year again when foodies and food professionals begin to think about who they want to nominate for the coveted James Beard Foundation Awards also referred to as the “The Oscars of Food.”  The JBF Awards often pay tribute to the best of the best chefs, journalists, cookbook authors, wine professionals, restaurant and other food professionals throughout the United States.

Photo Credit: Carolyn O'Neil of James Beard Broadcast and New Media Committee at James Beard House, NYC

Photo Credit: Carolyn O’Neil of James Beard Broadcast and New Media Committee at James Beard House, NYC

More than 600 culinary professionals vote on the awards and the winners receive a bronze medallion etched with the image of the late James Beard and a certificate from the Foundation at a weekend long celebration in May.

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2013 JBF Awards Humanitarian of the Year: Emeril Lagasse, Emeril Lagasse Foundation, New Orleans (Photo by Kent Miller)

2013 JBF Awards Humanitarian of the Year: Emeril Lagasse, Emeril Lagasse Foundation, New Orleans (Photo by Kent Miller)

(upper left- Emerald Yeh, Ken Rubin, Toni-Tipton Martin, Carolyn O'Neil, Marion Laney, Nathalie Dupree, Debbie Mitchell Photo Credit: Carolyn O'Neil James Beard Broadcast and New Media Committee Member

(From upper left: Emerald Yeh, Ken Rubin, Toni-Tipton Martin, Carolyn O’Neil, Marion Laney, Nathalie Dupree, Debbie Mitchell
Photo Credit: Carolyn O’Neil

I’ve had the privilege of being a member of the James Beard Broadcast and New Media Committee since October 2011 and, needless to say, it’s been a blast! The above  photo is of our group last year with Miss Nathalie Dupree  (front middle center) who was nominated again and  won the 2013 James Beard Award for her newest cookbook, “Mastering the Art of Southern Cooking,” written and produced with Cynthia Graubart.  YAY! Nathalie.  Winning this year was a lovely way to leave our committee and we miss you!

Our committee met last month and welcomed our newest member, Diane Worthington. As a committee, we reviewed our categories, created a new hashtag (#JBFBCAST) and are gearing up for  the 2014 awards season.

On October 15, the James Beard Foundation will begin accepting nominations for the 2014 James Beard Awards! The countdown begins for entries to be submitted and hopefully nominated for an award.  Nomination submissions will end on January 9, 2014!

Don’t wait until the last minute.

(Upper left- Ken Rubin, Toni-Tipton Martin, Yvon Ros, Debbie Mitchell Photo Credit: Carolyn O'Neil James Beard Broadcast and New Media Committee Member

(Upper left: Ken Rubin, Toni-Tipton Martin, Yvon Ros, Debbie Mitchell
Photo Credit: Carolyn O’Neil

The James Beard Broadcast and New Media Committee (#JBFDCAST) is looking for culinary professionals who fit in the following broadcast and new media categories:

Television Program, In Studio or Fixed Location: An ongoing TV show that is shot in studio or at a fixed location from week to week.

Television Program, On Location: An ongoing TV show that regularly involves travel to locations outside a fixed kitchen or studio.

Television Segment: A regularly occurring segment about food on a non-food show.

Outstanding Personality/Host: A TV or web host with personality as well as knowledge.

Radio Show/Audio Webcast: A radio show or webcast without video.

Video Webcast, Fixed Location and/or Instructional: A webcast with video that is largely shot in a fixed location and/or is instructional in nature.

Video Webcast, On Location: A webcast with video ***THAT REGULARLY INVOLVES TRAVEL TO VARIOUS LOCATIONS***

Special/Documentary (Television or Video Webcast): A one-time special, usually 30 or 60 minutes in length.

We are on the look out for all of the above and I’m especially interested in the “Special/Documentary (Television or Video Webcast)” category looking for any interesting food productions that fit the above criteria.

I will also be heading out to the NYC Food Film Festival later this month (October 23-27) on the hunt for a few tasty submissions.

Our committee chair Emerald Yeh wants you to keep an eye out. “If you’ve seen any great food television or videos, or heard any  compelling radio shows that fit into the categories listed above and you believe they are deserving of the distinguished award, we need to know about them. So let us know.” Just to clarify our committee does not choose the nominations or winners of the award.  There are judges who make those decisions.

Please leave a comment with the information at the end of this post or tweet members Marion Laney- @MarionLaney, Carolyn O’Neil- @carolynoneil, Debbie Mitchell- @SocialTVDeb, Toni Tipton-Martin- @thejemimacode, Emerald Yeh- @EmeraldYeh, Diane Worthington – @CalifCook, Ken Rubin – @kenrubinpdx and we will make sure and reach out to them.

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS ABOUT THE  JBF AWARDS  ENTRY PROCESS

Thanks!

Photo Credit: Max Shuppert

Photo Credit: Max Shuppert

TV/Social Media Producer Debbie Mitchell is an Emmy nominated producer who is a member of the Producers Guild of America (PGA).  She is currently a member of the James Beard Broadcast and New Media Awards Committee.  If you are interested in “ Book Case TV” or are a brand interested in Social TV, blogger outreach campaigns, or a blogger or personality interested in television placement follow Debbie Mitchell@SocialTVDeb and/or email SocialTVDeb@gmail.com.

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Foodie Friday: Can You Tell When A Dish Is Prepared By A Woman Chef? (VIDEO)

October 5, 2012 | Posted in Lifestyle Lineup (Food,Fashion,Travel,Books), Social TV | By


JBF Women in Culinary Leadership Evening /Photo courtesy Sylvain Gaboury/PatrickMcMullan.com

In this mornings Foodie Friday, I ask you to think about this question-If you ordered a meal in a restaurant and had no idea the gender  of the chef preparing your dish, could you tell by the taste of your  meal if a male or female chef was in the kitchen?  This is one of the memorable questions asked at a recent discussion about women chefs  in the food world.  Chef Lidia Bastianich asked  the question of a group of diners who had gathered on a rainy evening to attend the  James Beard Foundation and Vermilion Women in Culinary Leadership Evening.  It’s one that I’m still thinking about today.

Vermilion Restaurant
Photo courtesy Debbie Mitchell

My immediate response was, of course, you can’t tell the gender of the chef by the way a meal tastes. But I was surprised to find that several diners believed you could taste a difference.  Some went on to say that a meal prepared by a woman has a “more nurturing taste and feels like it’s been cooked with love.”  Really?  I do not think your tastebuds can tell which sex has created your meal.

However, the question was a good example of the thought provoking and interesting conversation that took place that  evening.     The Women in Culinary Leadership Evening  raised funds for the James Beard Foundation Vermilion Women in Culinary Leadership Scholarship and is the brainchild of the evening’s co-host Rohini Dey Founder/Owner of  Vermilion (NYC & Chicago) and James Beard Foundation President Susan Ungaro. Dey also used the evening as an opportunity to unveil the ongoing JBF Vermilion “Chefs for Women” Program.

 

Rohini Dey joined a panel of amazing business women and female chefs  which included Martha Stewart, Lidia Bastianich, Dorothy Hamilton and Susan Ungaro to discuss the leadership role of women in the culinary world.  The panel was moderated by  CBS Award Emmy award winner and James Beard winner Martha Teichner.

I was joined by friend and food blogger Lora Wiley-Lennartz (@ofamadhausfrau), James Broadcast and New Media Committee member Carolyn O’Neil and new foodie  friends, Evette Rios from The Chew and  Huffington Post contributor Beverly Wettenstein who writes extensively about women in the cooking world . We dined on a delicious  five-course Indian-Latin fusion dinner with wine pairings.

Vermilion five course meal- JBF women in culinary leadership dinner
Photo courtesy Lora Wiley-Lennartz

Considering women are the main home cooks, The Blogger Connection wanted to know why women’s power in the home  kitchen didn’t translate into the professional world.   Dorothy Hamilton, Founder and CEO of  the International Culinary Center talk to us about it.

The panel covered a wide range of topics during the evening  and I was surprised to hear the stats about women in the culinary field. Moderator Teichner began the panel discussion with startling facts including- in its  25 year history, only  three women have achieved the  James Beard Foundation “Outstanding Chef Award”. They are  Judy Rodgers, Zuni Cafe, San Franciso, CA, 2004, Lidia Bastianich, Felidia, New York, NY, 2002, and  Alice Waters, Chez Panisse, Berkeley, CA, 1992.  James Beard Foundation President  Susan Ungaro talked to me about how established women chefs can help up and coming women make their way in the male dominated  food world.

James Beard Foundation, President Susan Ungaro – Women in Culinary Leadership Evening /Photo courtesy Sylvain Gaboury/PatrickMcMullan.com

 

Ungaro  said  ”  The scholarship program is going to be $20,000 seed money to  help women who are of Indian or latin heritage to go to culinary school.  I think the culinary world is a challenging place  for everybody. There is no doubt women are less represented in the culinary world even though 50% of culinary students are women. So we want to open up and encourage women of all  diverse backgrounds to make sure they go to culinary school and finance it. The cost of school  can be anywhere from $20,000 on up depending on the culinary school you attend.” The challenge for women chefs is no secret, so now there is an opportunity.

The highlight of my evening was seeing Chef Lidia Bastianich again.  She was a frequent guest during my days producing for  the former CBS News The Early Show  and  the mornings she was scheduled to cook on the show it was amazing how many staffers got up early to be at the studio.

Debbie Mitchell and Lidia Bastianich, Chef, Author and Restaurateur
Photo courtesy Debbie Mitchell

Panelist Chef Lidia  Bastianich was gracious and shared lots of  her first hand culinary experiences. Of course, by now most people know my love for Italy. These days I like going to Bastianich’s New York restaurant, Eataly, always a treat.  Next time,  I hope to  sit down and  interview her about her culinary adventures and get more advice for women chefs.  My dream -to interview Chef Lidia in Italy!

To get more information about  James Beard Foundation Vermilion Women in Culinary Leadership Scholarship go to  jamesbeard.org.

Again, can you tell if a meal has been prepared by a male or female chef?  Ask your friends and family too, then leave a comment.

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Photo Credit: Max Shuppert

Photo Credit: Max Shuppert

TV/Social Media Producer Debbie Mitchell is an Emmy nominated producer who is a member of the Producers Guild of America (PGA).  She is currently a member of the James Beard Broadcast and New Media Awards Committee.  If you are interested in “ Book Case TV” or are a brand interested in Social TV, blogger outreach campaigns, or a blogger or personality interested in television placement follow Debbie Mitchell@SocialTVDeb and/or email SocialTVDeb@gmail.com.

 

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Foodie Friday: Ted Allen Talks Books And His Amazing Year In Food (VIDEO)

September 7, 2012 | Posted in Lifestyle Lineup (Food,Fashion,Travel,Books), Social TV | By

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Today’s Foodie Friday,  I am visiting with Ted Allen, host of the Food Network’s culinary competition show Chopped- it’s new season premiered on Tuesday, September 4th.   Allen recently released a new book “In My Kitchen: 100 Recipes and Discoveries for Passionate Cooks” and was honored at this year’s James Beard Foundation Chefs & Champagne event.

I caught up with him at this summer’s JBF Chefs & Champagne and asked him about his awards, new book and the latest season of Chopped.

Congratulations Ted Allen and we’ll be tuning in.

Enjoy your weekend everybody.  Summer is going fast.

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Photo Credit: Max Shuppert

Photo Credit: Max Shuppert

TV/Social Media Producer Debbie Mitchell is an Emmy nominated producer who is a member of the Producers Guild of America (PGA).  She is currently a member of the James Beard Broadcast and New Media Awards Committee.  If you are interested in “ Book Case TV” or are a brand interested in Social TV, blogger outreach campaigns, or a blogger or personality interested in television placement follow Debbie Mitchell@SocialTVDeb and/or email SocialTVDeb@gmail.com.

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Foodie Friday: James Beard Foundation 2012 Book, Journalism & Broadcast Awards

May 11, 2012 | Posted in Lifestyle Lineup (Food,Fashion,Travel,Books), Social TV | By

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By Debbie Mitchell

This past week was a foodie’s dream, filled with parties and events honoring great foods and the Chefs who create these culinary treats.  This year marks the 25th anniversary of  the James Beard Foundation and the first time new media webcast nominees were included in the awards.  Yeah!!

Last Friday, I didn’t eat all day to get ready ready for the  2012 James Beard Foundation Awards  . The awards dinner at Manhattan’s Gotham Hall where winners for Book, Journalism, Broadcast and New Media Awards were announced, did not disappoint.  Fellow committee members, nominees, judges and James Beard Foundation guests first gathered for a cocktail reception before the ceremony, starting with a punch that had quite a kick!

Shawn Kelley of Pernod Ricard mixing a mean punch

Shawn Kelley of Pernod Ricard mixing a mean punch

James Beard Broadcast and New Media Awards Committee Chair Emerald Yeh and her husband Ron Blatman struck a pose.
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Committee member Carolyn O’Neil (in black w/purse, third from left) brought her support team for the evening.
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I grabbed James Beard Foundation President, Susan Ungaro and  CBS News Correspondent and JBF Winner Martha Teichner, co-host for the night’s event, for a quick photo.
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The awards  went off without a hitch, and yes, our dinner was amazing! Just what everyone was waiting for!
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 The winners who included :

Ted Allen of Food Network's "Chopped" won the Best Media Personality and "Chopped" won Best Television Program

Ted Allen of Food Network’s “Chopped” won the Best Media Personality and “Chopped” won Best Television Program

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“Modernist Cuisine,” won (2) awards,  the Cookbook of the Year and the award for  Cooking from a Professional Point of View. The five volume collection took seven years to complete.
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I’ve never held a James Beard Award medal before so I asked Andrew Zimmern host of  “Bizarre Foods with Andrew Zimmern” and winner in the Television Program, On Location category to hold his medal.  Just so you know, it’s heavier than it looks.
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Nathalie Dupree, a fellow committee member, has authored eleven cookbooks. Her latest is  “Southern Biscuits”, co-authored with Cynthia Graubart.  Nathalie a veteran of the JBF and says this year’s awards was one of the best.  Now that the 2012 awards season is behind us, we are looking for next year’s nominees. If you want to be nominated or want to nominate a local, national television chef , online food personality or story for a James Beard Broadcast and New Media award let us know. You have a year to get ready, so start cooking!
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Photo Credit: Max Shuppert

Photo Credit: Max Shuppert

TV/Social Media Producer Debbie Mitchell is an Emmy nominated producer who is a member of the Producers Guild of America (PGA).  She is currently a member of the James Beard Broadcast and New Media Awards Committee.  If you are interested in “ Book Case TV” or are a brand interested in Social TV, blogger outreach campaigns, or a blogger or personality interested in television placement follow Debbie Mitchell@SocialTVDeb and/or email SocialTVDeb@gmail.com.

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Foodie Friday: Gearing Up For James Beard Foundation Awards 2012

May 4, 2012 | Posted in Lifestyle Lineup (Food,Fashion,Travel,Books), Social TV | By

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By Debbie Mitchell

This week’s Foodie Friday is a big one. It’s the beginning of the 2012 James Beard Foundation Awards (JBF) weekend.

Yeh!For all you foodies out there you know winning a James Beard Award is like winning an Oscar in the food world.  Tonight my fellow James Beard Broadcast and New Media committee members will join the JBF at a dinner to award the nominees in the James Beard Foundation Book, Broadcast & Journalism category  (I will have a full report next week).

It is going to be a weekend of eating and greeting, ending with a food finale at the James Beard Gala event at Avery Fisher Hall on Monday, May 7 with Master of Ceremonies Food Network Star Alton Brown.  Of course I am running around trying to figure out what to wear but will give you a look inside JBF and it’s many events. Lets start at the the house in New York’s Greenwich Village. The photos of the house are courtesy of my friend Lora, Diary of a MadHausfrau when we attended the recent  Jemima Code Exhibit.

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James Beard memorabilia. A signed Chef’s coat and his bow tie, cuff and links with photos found in dining room on the second floor.

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After dinner at the house with Chef Jeremy McMillan of The BedPost Inn.
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James Beard Foundation President Susan Ungaro and Countess LuAnn de Lesseps at James Beard Foundation Now That’s Italian Gala Dinner and Auction, November 2011
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And lets not forget the food and auction Now That’s Italian Gala, November 2011

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Photo Credit: Max Shuppert

Photo Credit: Max Shuppert

TV/Social Media Producer Debbie Mitchell is an Emmy nominated producer who is a member of the Producers Guild of America (PGA).  She is currently a member of the James Beard Broadcast and New Media Awards Committee.  If you are interested in “ Book Case TV” or are a brand interested in Social TV, blogger outreach campaigns, or a blogger or personality interested in television placement follow Debbie Mitchell@SocialTVDeb and/or email SocialTVDeb@gmail.com.

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