The James Beard Foundation Awards are regarded as the highest honour for food and beverage professionals working in North America
José Andrés, Outstanding Chef 2011, presented the award for the same category in this year’s edition / © James Beard Foundation
The Avery Fisher Hall at the Lincoln Center in New York was the setting chosen to host the James Beard Foundation Awards 2012; awards that are widely regarded as the ‘Oscars’ of the gastronomy industry. During the gala, Wines from Spain served wines from eight appellations in representation of the wide range of Spanish wines available on the market.
During the awards ceremony accolades were handed out to the most outstanding chefs, restaurants, writers and other individuals associated with the gastronomy industry. José Andrés, recently named ‘Dean of Spanish Studies’ by the International Culinary Center, had the honour of presenting the 2012 James Beard Foundation Outstanding Chef Award, which he himself won last year, to Daniel Humm, head chef and owner of the Eleven Madison Park restaurant in New York.
At the gala dinner, Wines From Spain served wines from DOs Cava, Bizkaiko Txacolina, Rueda, Rías Baixas, Alicante, Rioja and Priorat as some of the major wine regions representing Spain’s native grape varieties. The white wines and the Cavas were especially popular among the more than 1,800 guests, all of whom came from the hospitality sector.
This year the James Beard Foundation, the most prestigious organisation devoted to promoting North American cuisine in the US, celebrated its 25th anniversary. The event represents an unparalleled platform for Spain to showcase its wines to the gastronomy industry’s most important pundits.
In addition, the US is also the setting for the Plan Made in/by Spain, an initiative carried out by the Spanish Foreign Trade Agency (ICEX) with the aim of boosting the international exposure of Spanish companies, products, brands and services on the North American Market.