- NAME: James Beard
- OCCUPATION: Chef, Writer
- BIRTH DATE: May 05, 1903
- DEATH DATE: January 21, 1985
- EDUCATION: Hawthorne Elementary, Washington Elementary, Reed College, Carnegie Tech (Carnegie Mellon University)
- PLACE OF BIRTH: Portland, Oregon
- PLACE OF DEATH: New York, New York
- Full Name: James Andrew Beard
- AKA: James Beard
- Nickname: "Dean of American Cookery"
- Nickname: "Father of American-Style Gourmet Cooking"
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James Beard was a chef, television personality and food writer who many consider to be the "father of American-style gourmet cooking."
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In his honor, the James Beard Foundation celebrates America's culinary heritage in myriad ways, including awards. Alice Waters was the foundation's "Best Chef in America" honoree in 1992—becoming the first woman to win this award.
Citymeals-on-Wheels, an organization that Beard founded with food critic Gael Greene to help feed New York City's homebound elderly,
is still going strong today.
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