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.

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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) | Jenner From “He” to “She” | James Beard Award Winner Is CBS’s “The Dish” | Saying Goodbye To A Client

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April 27, 2015 | Posted in Social TV | By

Bruce Jenner with stepdaughter Kim KardashianPhoto courtesy of Instagram

Bruce Jenner with stepdaughter Kim Kardashian
Photo via Instagram

Decades after making Olympic history, Bruce Jenner is still breaking records. His Friday night interview with Diane Sawyer set social media on fire and was the talk of the entertainment media over the weekend. Based on a report from Nielsen Social, a total of 8.1 million people in the U.S. saw one or more of the 972,000 tweets sent about the two-hour special. The tweets sent by 403,000 people were viewed 139 million times, making Jenner’s official announcement that he is a transgender individual who identifies as a woman the top worldwide trend on Friday.

I watched the interview over the weekend and was glued to Jenner’s every word. His interview was honest, relaxed, and very straightforward. He seemed like a person at peace. Bruce Jenner has finally come to terms with a lifelong struggle–that “he” is really a “she.”

Now that Jenner has spoken out, how will his revelation and new life affect the very popular Keeping Up With The Kardashians reality franchise? This week on Ready4Air (TV), a look back at his interview and a look towards the future of the show.

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With Host Carla Hall at the 2015 James Beard Foundation Book, Broadcast, and Journalism Awards, NYC
Photo Credit: Debbie Mitchell/Deborah Mitchell Media Associates

 

I told you earlier that I missed watching the Bruce Jenner interview live. I was actually attending the annual James Beard Book, Broadcast, and Journalism Awards. The Chew cohost Carla Hall was the event moderator, and she did an amazing job. Hall has a natural ease about her and made the evening’s awards presentation ceremony fly by. The James Beard Awards is celebrating its silver anniversary with a gala on May 4 at the Civic Opera House of Chicago.

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The CBS show 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

 

Friday night’s event became extra special when my former CBS coworkers, producers Marci Waldman, Greg Mirman, and team, won a James Beard Award for their food show The Dish. It was their first time submitting for an award. Turns out, the first time was a charm. Producer Marci Waldman said, “This is our first submission, our first nomination, and our first win and winning the James Beard Broadcast and Media Award means that we are doing something right and it is such a huge reward for all the hard work that everyone puts in to this segment, to the entire show. It’s a huge morale boast for the entire staff.”

This week on Ready4Air (Culinary Cues), we chat with Marci to find out about the entire experience and what winning the James Beard Broadcast and Media Award means to their team and the show.

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And finally, when working with someone becomes too difficult, it might be time to say goodbye. Whether you are a business owner or a blogger, when and how do you know it’s time to bid adieu to a client?

This week on Ready4Air (Brands and Bloggers), we share the four times you need to say goodbye to a client.

Stay tuned and thanks for stopping by.

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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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Repost | Culinary Cues | Food, Sun and Sipping at 2012 JBF Chefs & Champagne

The 2012 James Beard Foundation’s Chefs & Champagne New York fundraiser at Wölffer Estate Vineyard in the Hamptons on July 21, 2012. (Photo by Mark Von Holden)

July 25, 2014 | Posted in Social TV | By

The 2012 James Beard Foundation’s Chefs & Champagne New York fundraiser at Wölffer Estate Vineyard in the Hamptons on July 21, 2012. (Photo by Mark Von Holden)

The 2012 James Beard Foundation’s Chefs & Champagne New York fundraiser at Wölffer Estate Vineyard in the Hamptons on July 21, 2012. (Photo by Mark Von Holden)

After writing last week about the fun expected at the annual James Beard Foundation Chefs   & Champagne event, I almost didn’t get there. But early Saturday morning everything came together and I headed out to Long Island’s East End.  The day under the tent was beautiful, not too hot, no hand fans needed.  This year the James Beard Foundation honored  multiple award-winning TV personality and cookbook author Ted Allen and the judges of Food Network’s Chopped .
The 2012 Chefs & Champagne honorees with James Beard Foundation President Susan Ungaro at the James Beard Foundation’s Chefs & Champagne New York at Wölffer Estate Vineyard in the Hamptons on July 21, 2012. (Photo by Mark Von Holden)

The 2012 Chefs & Champagne honorees with James Beard Foundation President Susan Ungaro at the James Beard Foundation’s Chefs & Champagne New York at Wölffer Estate Vineyard in the Hamptons on July 21, 2012. (Photo by Mark Von Holden)

Allen who is having a great culinary year just released a new book, In My Kitchen: 100 Recipes and Discoveries for Passionate Cooks and won the Best Media Personality and his show Chopped won Best Television Program at the James Beard Foundation Broadcast Media Awards in May. Allen was in great spirits, dressed in Hampton’s casual, Ted came to play and have fun.
 Guest of Honor Ted Allen at the James Beard Foundation’s Chefs & Champagne New York at Wölffer Estate Vineyard in the Hamptons on July 21, 2012. (Photo by Mark Von Holden)


Guest of Honor Ted Allen at the James Beard Foundation’s Chefs & Champagne New York at Wölffer Estate Vineyard in the Hamptons on July 21, 2012. (Photo by Mark Von Holden)

I caught up with Ted  Allen and a a few of the other judges of Food Network’s Chopped including Maneet Chauhan, Scott Conant, Amanda Freitag, Alex Guarnaschelli, Marc Murphy, Marcus Samuelsson, Aarón Sanchez, Chris Santos, and Geoffrey Zakarian.  Today’s Foodie Friday features a few highlights from the day… First Yes, Chef!
Aaron Sanchez, Me, Marcus Samuelsson

Aaron Sanchez, Me, Marcus Samuelsson

 

Ted Allen (middle) JBF Chefs & Champagne 2012

Ted Allen (middle) JBF Chefs & Champagne 2012

 

Maneet Chauhan and Me

Maneet Chauhan and Me

Aquavit NYC, Smoked Shrimp Rolls

Aquavit NYC, Smoked Shrimp Rolls

Of course there was the food. One of my favorite dishes was Marcus Jernmark’s Smoked Shrimp Rolls. Yum!

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Champagne Nicolas Feuillatte, Rose & Brut

Louis and sis celebrating the day

Louis and sis celebrating the day

Janine and Michael

Janine and Michael

Barbara Smith and Me, JBF Chefs & Champagne 2012

Barbara Smith and Me, JBF Chefs & Champagne 2012

 

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Deborah J. Mitchell

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, or email Nay Ayache on naydmma@gmail.com

 

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Foodie Friday |2014 James Beard Submissions Are In : Now It’s Up To The Judges

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January 24, 2014 | Posted in Social TV | By

James Beard Broadcast and New Media Committee meeting 2014 Photo Credit: Carolyn O'Neil

James Beard Broadcast and New Media Committee meeting 2014
Photo Credit: Carolyn O’Neil

The James Beard entries are in.

After the  January 9, deadline, committee members gather around and review the entries. Along with myself, the James Beard Broadcast and New Media Committee spend two full days (9-6pm) combing through the entries submitted to ensure all nominations have met the required guidelines for the 2014 James Beard Foundation Awards.

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Photo Credit: Debbie Mitchell

Photo Credit: Debbie Mitchell

We asked and you delivered.

There were over 200 entries received in (8) categories. That is the most submission entries ever for the Broadcast and New Media category to date. We saw an extraordinary growth in the video webcast category which showed us that good cooks are not only reaching for cooking utensils but are also picking up the camera to show the world what they can do in the kitchen.

Social media has changed every thing including content and how the message is delivered. Now anyone with a camera who loves food or to cook can tell their story. If you didn’t know it then, then you know it know…“This ain’t your Grandma’s kitchen anymore!”

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Emerald Yeh, Chair of our committee, ran a tight ship and kept us focused on the job at hand. We viewed all types of content during the two days that included beautiful photos and video, unique instructional and educational presentations and colorful hosts putting their personal style on their food stories. We saw a trend of cooks returning to the farm. Social media allows cooks and chefs to follow the opportunities, usually working where it’s cheaper to live, and still share their experience with a wide audience.

I don’t listen to the radio a lot but had a chance this week to hear a few interesting radio webcasts with great food content. Of course, when information is being presented on the radio, there is a lot more that can go into the storytelling. With video the constant challenge is keeping your audience’s attention with your words as well as the visual presentation.

Carolyn O'Neil and Ken Rubin Photo Credit: Debbie Mitchell

Carolyn O’Neil and Ken Rubin
Photo Credit: Debbie Mitchell

Except for a short lunch break, a few debates about content and a little time with Mr. Bacon, the committee viewed the submissions with eagle eyes.  The viewing takes place in a conference room and this year it was even cozier with the recent snow storm as a backdrop through the windows. Once all the entries are viewed and cleared for submission, we hand them over to our distinguished panel of judges to decide who will be nominated for the 2014  James Beard Award.

Debbie Mitchell and Carolyn O'Neil , NYC 2014 Photo Credit: Carolyn O'Neil

Debbie Mitchell and Carolyn O’Neil , NYC 2014
Photo Credit: Carolyn O’Neil

Of course, the group always finds time for a good meal.  Once we were done we ventured out into the snow to eat, unwind and discuss the day. This year a few out-of-towners couldn’t get home and were stranded an extra day because of the weather. Even more reason to have a good time.

The next time we see each other as a committee will be in the first weekend of May at the awards ceremony. We can’t wait to see who will win this year’s James Beard Award!

Good luck to all you entered!

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Have a great Foodie Friday and stay warm this weekend.

Coming up….Will readers have to pay to receive the news?

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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.comIf all else fails, her resourceful assistant, Sang, will find her.

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Foodie Friday| Don’t Miss The Deadline-Enter NOW For The 2014 James Beard Awards

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January 3, 2014 | Posted in Culinary Cues, Current Events, Lifestyle Lineup (Food,Fashion,Travel,Books), Social TV | By

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

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

Time is running out to submit your entries for the 2014 James Awards.   The deadline for submissions is next Thursday, January 9, 2014.

The James Beard Foundation (JBF) began accepting nomination submissions back in October  in the various categories for the coveted awards also referred to as the “The Oscars of Food”.  The JBF Awards pay tribute to the best of the best chefs, journalists, cookbook authors, wine professionals, restaurant and other food professionals throughout the United States.

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What are we looking for in submissions? Our committee chair Emerald Yeh says. “If you’ve seen any great food television or videos, or heard any compelling radio shows that fit into the categories and you believe they are deserving of the distinguished award, we need to know about them. So let us know.”

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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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!  Our committee welcomed our newest member, Diane Worthington this year and created a new hashtag (#JBFBCAST)  for the group. We plan to meet later this month to review your submissions before handing them over to the judges who will have the difficult task of choosing the nominees. Just to clarify our committee does not choose the nominations or winners of the awards; there are judges who make those decisions.

(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
James Beard Broadcast and New Media Committee Member

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 am especially interested in the “Special/Documentary (Television or Video Webcast)” category looking for any interesting food productions that fit the above criteria.

If you know of great food content and want to submit someone for nomination, 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: 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: If You Know A Great Cook or Have A Good Food Video Enter Now…

October 26, 2012 | Posted in Lifestyle Lineup (Food,Fashion,Travel,Books), Social TV | By

 

James Beard Photo, Bow tie and cufflinks- James Beard House
Photo courtesy Debbie Mitchell

Enter the James Beard Broadcast and New Media Awards !

First you should know, the James Beard Award, considered the Oscars of the food world, isn’t only for professional or famous chefs, its for any GREAT cook. If you believe or your friends and family always tell  you  you are a great cook then you should be considered for a nomination. .  If you love a chef  on TV in YOUR local television market or online then they are eligible to be nominated.

Food Network Star Seaon 8 Finalist-Gallery Martie-Duncan

Earlier this year we interviewed Martie Duncan of Martie Knows Parties who was a fierce competitor during this season’s cooking competition show Food Network Star. Martie a fabulous self taught home cook, gave the professionals a run for their money and went all the way to the finals of the competition.  Alas, she didn’t win, but Martie is that good in the kitchen!

2012 James Beard Broadcast and New Media Awards Dinner
Photo courtesy Debbie Mitchell

This is also the second year JBF is  looking for great food videos, so if you watch a regular food television show/segment , a regular food webinar,  have seen a great documentary or video about food that you think  should be nominated there’s a good chance it could win an award.  But it has to be entered to win.  Once you’ve decided to  enter a video or cook/chef for nomination , Tweet it and Tweet it often.

We know the the power of a TWEET!   If you have  a favorite home cook or chef  (like Martie) , follow them on Twitter and send them a similar tweet-  Fans of Food Network Star finalist @MARTIEparty make sure she enters this to be nominated @beardfoundation #Food #cooking

My fellow James Beard Broadcast and New Media Awards  committee member Marion Laney has crafted a few good tweets since  the call for entries began on October 15. So if you need to, follow his lead with your tweets.

If you love an online food cooking show, follow them on Twitter and  remind them with a similar tweet  – Have GREAT Food/Cooking videos? Enter now: @beardfoundation #Food #cooking #Video #awards

2012 James Beard Award Winner Andrew Zimmern host of “Bizarre Foods winner in the Television Program, On Location category
Photo courtesy Debbie Mitchell

Once the entries are received judges will decide who will be nominated for a 2013 James Beard Broadcast and New Media Award.

Just remember, for your entry to have a fighting chance  to be nominated, you should think like a judge.  Look for originality, execution, and overall appeal.  Also  if your candidate is ideal for the Outstanding Personality/Host category look at  the host’s knowledge of content, presentation, communication skills, style and appeal.  Judges are looking at the full package people.

Finally, you REALLY need to believe in your entry candidate.  Since the candidate (home cook, chef, TV show, radio show and webinar producers) will spend $100- $135  per entry. The entry deadline is January 9, 2013.  With the holidays around the corner don’t wait!

Now it’s time for food lovers to put on your chef hats, start thinking about who you want to see nominated and Tweet!

If you are too busy to create your own tweet just retweet this post to all your foodie friends  :).

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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