From the James Beard Foundation Website, “Deemed ‘the Oscars of the food world,’ by Time magazine, The James Beard Foundation Awards are the country’s most coveted honor for chefs; food and beverage professionals; broadcast media, journalists, and authors working on food; and restaurant architects and designers.”

It’s always gratifying to witness someone that’s a colleague be honored for his or her body of work. If it has to do with the wine industry, it’s fun to share the honor, because there’s always something to be learned in the process.

Last week, in an Email exchange with Ed Deitch of MSNBC regarding his wine segment, Ed shared that he was a nominee for a James Beard Award on June 6, 2008. (Ed is a prior recipient of this prestigious award.)

Nominee for television, webcast, and radio programs aired in 2007.
Today’s Kitchen: Ed Deitch on Wine
Host: Ed Deitch
Network: NBC
Producers: Robert Ciridon and Amy Chiaro

“Honoring the American food world’s best and brightest, The James Beard Foundation’s Who’s Who Award is the most prestigious award in the world of American food today,” said Ruth Reichl, editor in chief of Gourmet.

Congratulations, Ed, to you and all the other food and wine industry nominees and recipients. For the 2008 full list of award nominees and recipients, visit the James Beard Foundation’s Website.