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America’s culinary champions gathered in Chicago on Monday for the annual James Beard Awards, the country’s gastronomic Oscars.
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Long before people started talking about celebrity chefs, James Beard was hailed as a “kitchen wizard” and the “dean of American cookery.”
Born in Portland, Ore., he dropped out of college and studied voice and theater in Europe. But back in the U.S., acting didn’t pay the bills, so he turned to catering and teaching clients how to cook and serve dinners “in an international manner.”
By 1955, he had founded a cooking school in New York with a basic course of six lessons: crepes and sauces, soufflés, omelets, bread making, oven cookery, and preparing a complete dinner party.
More than 20 cookbooks, a pioneering TV show and a stream of formative critiques followed, paving the way for chefs like Julia Child and Marcella Hazan. Mr. Beard died in 1985.
“The secret of good cooking,” Mr. Beard said, “is, first, having a love of it.”
Remy Tumin contributed reporting.
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