James Beard Foundation Continues To Honor American Public Television Culinary Experts:
APT personalities Lidia Bastianich, Mark Bittman and Ruth Reichl receive 2009 James Beard nominations.
Boston, MA (March 27, 2009) – The prestigious James Beard Foundation once again nominated American Public Television (APT) culinary series and TV hosts for awards in three distinguished categories: Broadcast Media, Book, and Journalism. The awards will be presented May 4 at Lincoln Center’s Avery Fisher Hall in New York City.
Lidia's Italy, one of APT’s most-popular culinary travel series, has been nominated for best Television Food Show, National and Local in the Broadcast Media category. The nomination is for the “Sweet Napoli” episode of Bastianich’s fourth public television series, which features pastry making and cultural exploration in Naples, Italy.
Ruth Reichl, executive producer of last year’s Television Food Show, National and Local award winner Gourmet's Diary of a Foodie, received four nominations in the Journalism Awards category:
- Magazine Feature Writing about Restaurants and/or Chefs for “Last Time I saw Paris…” Gourmet
- Web site Focusing on Food, Beverage, Restaurants, or Nutrition for Gourmet.com
- Multimedia Food Journalism for “Gourmet Cookbook Club,”Gourmet.com
- Multimedia Food Journalism for “The Test Kitchen,” Gourmet.com
Mark Bittman, also a previous James Beard award winner, received a Book Award nomination in the General Cooking category for How to Cook Everything (Completely Revised Tenth Anniversary Edition). Bittman is the host of several APT culinary programs, including the high-profile celebrity road-trip series Spain… on the road Again, which also features pals Mario Batali, Gwyneth Paltrow and Claudia Bassols.
These television programs are distributed by APT and are broadcast nationally on public television stations. They are also mainstays on the digital lifestyle channel Create™.
For information and photos on any of these programs please contact me at Lorenzo_Petruzziello@APTonline.org or 617-338-4455, ext 133.
About American Public Television
With more than 10,000 hours of programming in its library, American Public Television (APT) has been a prime source of programming for the nation’s public television stations for 48 years, distributing more than 300 new program titles per year. In 2006, APT launched Create – the TV channel featuring the best of public television's lifestyle programming. Known for its leadership in identifying innovative, worthwhile and viewer-friendly programming, APT has established a tradition of providing public television stations with program choices that strengthen and customize their schedules, such as Rick Steves' Europe, Worldfocus, Globe Trekker, Simply Ming, Sara's Weeknight Meals, America's Test Kitchen From Cook’s Illustrated, Doc Martin, Lidia's Family Table, Rosemary and Thyme, P. Allen Smith's Garden Home, The Big Comfy Couch, Johnny Cash at Folsom Prison, Smothered: The Censorship Struggles of the Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour, Monarchy With David Starkey, Spain...on the road Again, and other prominent documentaries, dramatic series, how-to programs, children’s series and classic movies. For more information about APT’s programs and services, visit www.APTonline.org.
About the James Beard Foundation
The James Beard Foundation is dedicated to celebrating, preserving, and nurturing America’s culinary heritage and diversity in order to elevate the appreciation of our culinary excellence. A cookbook author and teacher with an encyclopedic knowledge about food, James Beard, who died in 1985, was a champion of American cuisine. He helped educate and mentor generations of professional chefs and food enthusiasts. Today, the Beard Foundation continues in the same spirit by administering a number of diverse programs that include educational initiatives, food industry awards, scholarships to culinary schools, and publications, and by maintaining the historic James Beard House in New York City’s Greenwich Village as a performance space for visiting chefs. For more information, please visit www.jamesbeard.org.