A one-hour special from the James Beard Foundation (JBF) and Intersport, JBFA: Stories from the 2018 James Beard Awards, showcasing the prestigious James Beard Awards for culinary excellence in a way that has never been seen before on network television – through the lens of a documentarian – will premiere on The ABC Television Network, SUNDAY, JUNE 24 (4:00–5:00 p.m. EDT/3:00–4:00 p.m. PDT).
The television special will feature many of the meaningful stories of the night from the 2018 James Beard Foundation Restaurant and Chef Awards Gala. The show includes profiles on the Outstanding Chef Award nominees, as well as the winning moments and background stories of the winners of Rising Star (Camille Cosgrove), Outstanding Restaurant (Highlands), Humanitarian (José Andrés) and Lifetime Achievement (Paula Wolfert) awards.
In addition, the special highlighting the importance of the James Beard Awards to the American culinary industry features entertaining soundbites from Carla Hall, Gail Simmons, Martha Stewart, Marcus Samuelsson, Mourad Lahlou, Andrew Zimmern, Michael Solomonov, Rick Bayless and the JBF's Chief Executive Officer Clare Reichenbach, Executive Vice President Mitchell Davis and Vice President Kris Moon.
The unique backstories of the five Outstanding Chef Nominees and their wide-ranging and diverse connections to the winners of the night's other major awards will emphasize the supportive and close-knit culinary community in the United States in this special celebration of their culinary achievements.