A one-hour special, “30 Years: A Celebration of the James Beard Foundation,” from the James Beard Foundation and Intersport, their exclusive television content partner, will premiere on The ABC Television Network, on SUNDAY, NOV. 26 (4:00-5:00 p.m. EST).
The television special, which will re-air on Sunday, Dec. 17, will feature appearances by a plethora of culinary boldface names including Mario Batali, Daniel Boulud, Tom Colicchio, Traci des Jardins, Carla Hall, Emeril Lagasse, Jacques Pepin, Gail Simmons, Martha Stewart and Ming Tsai.
Multiple James Beard Award–winning chef, restaurateur, cookbook author and philanthropist, Marcus Samuelsson, will take viewers on a culinary journey through the history of the James Beard Foundation while creating a special 30th anniversary dinner at the Beard House. The dinner serves as a springboard to inform the viewers about JBF’s rich history, including the experience of cooking or dining at the iconic James Beard House; a peek into the world-renowned James Beard Awards; first-hand insight from the students of JBF’s scholarship programs; and chefs’ involvement in the JBF Impact Programs, including the Chefs Boot Camp for Policy and Change.
“Marcus has the distinction of having cooked the most fundraising dinners ever at the Beard House and represents the vitality and creativity that’s happening in today’s culinary world,” said Susan Ungaro, president of the James Beard Foundation. “Marcus’ extraordinary talent, philanthropic endeavors, and boundless energy to help others complements our mission to celebrate, nurture and honor chefs and other leaders making America’s food culture more delicious, diverse and sustainable for everyone.”
“Our crews spent significant time with more than 50 award-winning chefs and culinary leaders in order to capture the essence of American food culture and the James Beard Foundation’s important role in it,” said John Paquet, executive producer of Intersport. “Audiences across the country can expect unprecedented access to the premier authority in American cuisine through the content we’ve created to celebrate this great milestone.”
Featured sponsors for the JBF 30th Anniversary platform include Hunt’s Tomatoes and PAM Cooking Spray. Part of the Conagra Brands portfolio, both will be participating as broadcast sponsors during “30 Years: A Celebration of the James Beard Foundation.” Additionally, Hunt’s and PAM will be participating in a digital series featuring recipes created by JBF–recognized chefs, blending the origins of the Foundation with the versatility of cooking with Hunt’s and PAM.