James Beard Award part 6

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James Beard Awards - Race / Nationality, Rows 3-208

As per the scope of this research, rows 3 to 208, columns G to I of the Beard Awards 2 tab in the linked spreadsheet were verified and populated with the required chefs’ information. Column J captured all the sources used. The spreadsheet now contains the required details on the race, birthplace, clarifying notes on the chefs’ nationalities and the sources used.

METHODOLOGY AND FINDINGS

The required information on the chefs that are shortlisted in the James Beard awards roster were verified using the existing data in column G. Some data in column G have been converted to conform to the given race options. Hence, the “Caucasians” values indicated in column G have been changed to “White.” Also, since there are no European or Middle Eastern choices in the race options provided, the race classifications provided by the US Census Bureau were just used. For example, Alon Shaya from Israel’s race was inputted as “white” based on the US Census table and just noting in column I that the chef is an Israeli. For those with multiple ancestry, “multiracial” values were indicated in column I.
Also, in order to populate columns H (Nationality) and I (Notes on Nationality), some existing source sites in column J were used. However, additional research need to be done for some chefs whose required data cannot be found in the existing sources. Note that due undisclosed reasons, some chefs’ birthplace data and nationality cannot be found in any sites.
Some notable information on the chefs nationalities' that were included in the James Beard Foundation's roster are the following:

1. Most of the James Beard Foundation’s list of chef nominees and awardees covered in this research are white and were born in the United States.
2. Apart from the numerous Americans in the list, other nationality types that were indicated are the following: Chinese Irish, Portuguese, Vietnamese, Israeli, British, Venezuelan, French, Japanese, Thai, Italian and multiracial.

All the data above including all the sources used are summarized in the linked spreadsheet under the tab named “Beard Awards 2.”

CONCLUSION

A quick glimpse of the data covered in this particular research shows that whites comprise the majority of the chefs' race in the James Beard Foundation’s award roster. Most of these white chefs were born in the United States. All the required data were completed for entries in rows 3 to 208, columns G to I under the "Beard Awards 2" tab in the linked spreadsheet.

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James Beard Awards - Race / Nationality, Rows 209-414

I've completed rows 209-414 of the attached spreadsheet, covering race and nationality information on those chefs. Read on for some additional notes!

OVERVIEW

I was able to find at least a state of birth for the vast majority of these chefs; the only ones I couldn't find that information for were David Robins, Francesco Martorella, and George Mahaffey.

To confirm each chef's race, I first looked for details in their biographies or in articles about them. Some chefs' races were explictly detailed in these sources. In cases where a chef's race wasn't made clear in those sources, I made an assumption based on their photo and country/ethnicity of origin, both of which were generally available.

The vast majority of the chefs in these rows are white; there was one Pacific Islander (Clifford Harrison, a native Hawaiian), one African American (Eduardo Jordan), two Hispanic chefs (Douglas Rodriguez and Gabrielle Quinonez-Denton). The second-most-common race was Asian; these chefs included Corey Lee, David Chang, Edward Lee, Edwin Goto, Eric Tanaka, and Floyd Cardoz.

I've added all of the information I could find on these chefs to the spreadsheet.

CONCLUSION

I've added race and nationality information for the chefs in rows 209-241 of the attached spreadsheet.
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James Beard Awards - Race / Nationality, Rows 415-620

The attached spreadsheet details the race, nationality, and birthplace of James Beard award winners, rows 415 – 620. Any assumptions that were made surrounding birthplace are listed below, with details as to how the outcome was concluded in each.

BIRTHPLACE ASSUMPTIONS

Born: Most likely in Boston, Massachusetts. No public information on his birthplace, however all biographies detail him growing up and learning to cook in Boston, and attending Boston University.

Born: Most likely in or near Buffalo, New York. No public information on his birthplace, but numerous articles and biographies discuss him growing up in a small town near Buffalo, New York.

Born: Black Forest Region, Germany. Please note, Guenter's biography only lists his birthplace as the "Black Forest Region" of Germany, with no specific city.

Born: Argentina. No specific information is listed regarding which city in Argentina Guillermo was born.

Born: Most likely in Michigan — no specific information is listed on his birthplace city, however he has focused his restaurants and work within Detroit.

HIRO SONE
Born: Miyagi District, Japan — no specific city within the Miyagi District is available.

Birthplace: Most likely Maryland. Please note, it is listed in numerous articles that Holly grew up in Monkton, Maryland, but there is no public mention of her specific birthplace.

Birthplace: Most likely Minnesota. Please note, his birthplace is not publicly listed, however he mentions "moving back to home" after living in California for a bit, with moving back referring to Minnesota.

JAMES COHEN
Please note, no information could be found on James Cohen.

Birthplace: Most likely Florida. Please note, no mention of his birthplace is readily available, however it is noted that he attended culinary school at a young age in Florida, and is currently based on Boston.

Birthplace: Most likely Palm Beach, Florida. Please note, no mention of his birthplace is readily available, however in an interview with Food & Wine, James notes that his first restaurant job was at Breakers, which is a restaurant in Palm Beach, Florida.

Birthplace: Most likely California. Please note, no mention of his birthplace is readily available, however he mentions in an interview that he attended school in San Francisco, California.

Please note, only the state of his birthplace is readily available (New Jersey), with no specific city mentioned.

JEAN JOHO
Please note, it is reported that Jean was born in France, where he grew up working in his aunt's restaurant in the town of Alsace, so that is what is listed in the spreadsheet as his birthplace city.

It is noted numerous places that Jean grew up in France, however no reputable source indicates his birthplace city. It is noted that his birthplace city may be Epinal.

Please note, no birthplace country or city is publicly available for Jeem. Further, it is worth noting that he now goes by the English translation of his name, Jim Han Lock.

Please note, no birthplace city is publicly available for Jeff, however his biography notes he was born in Hew Hampshire.

Birthplace: Most likely New York, New York. Jerry's birthplace city is not publicly available, however he often describes himself as "a Jewish kid from New York."

Jianyun is from China, however his birthplace city is not publicly available.

Birthplace: Most likely Cincinnati, Ohio. Jim's birthplace is not publicly available, however it is noted in numerous articles that he grew up in Cincinnati, Ohio.

Birthplace: Possibly Richmond, Virginia. Please note, no birthplace location is publicly available for Jimmy, however it is mentioned that he and his wife moved back to Richmond, Virginia, where their children and grandchildren live.

Birthplace: Possibly Texas. No concrete birthplace location is publicly available for Joanne, however it is mentioned that she grew up in Texas, and later Oklahoma.

Please note, no specific state for Jody's birthplace is publicly available, however it is stated she was born in the New England region.

Please note, the only publicly available mention of Jody's birthplace is California, with no specific city cited.

JOHANNE KILLEEN
No mention of Johanne's birthplace is publicly available, as most of the mentions of Johanne focus more on her husband.

JOHN BESH
Birthplace: Most likely Louisiana. John's birthplace city is not publicly noted, however his biography states that he was born and raised in southern Louisiana.

Birthplace: Most likely Alexandria, Virginia. No specific birthplace is publicly available for Johnny, however it is noted that he grew up in Alexandria, Virginia.

JONATHAN EISMANN
No publicly available information could be found on Jonathan's birthplace.

SUMMARY

The attached spreadsheet details the race, nationality, and birthplace of past James Beard award winners, as it pertains to rows 415 – 620. Chefs listed above are inclusive of those where it wasn't 100% clear where their birthplace city and/or state was, and include assumptions that were made to come to the conclusions within the spreadsheet.


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James Beard Awards - Race / Nationality, Rows 621-826

The majority of the chefs in the section from row 621 to row 826 are white Americans. The chefs also include men and women from Spain, Switzerland, Zimbabwe, Canada, Croatia, Italy, Ethiopia, Cuba, and Japan. I've updated the attached spreadsheet with the information for each chef.
Where available, I looked at previously added sources to find the information for each chef. When the sources were unavailable or did not include the information needed, I searched for chef profiles and biographies to find places of birth or nationality. I also looked through news articles and restaurant biographies when chef profiles did not contain the information needed.
The spreadsheet has been updated to include race, nationality and notes for the chefs listed in rows 621-826. For the rows that needed additional sources, the source column was also updated. The spreadsheet can be accessed here.
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James Beard Awards - Race / Nationality, Rows 827-1032

The majority of the chefs in the section from row 827 to row 1032 were white Americans. The chefs also include men and women from Germany, Italy, Japan, France, Egypt, and Isreal. I've updated the attached spreadsheet with the information for each chef.

To update the spreadsheet, I looked at previously added sources to find the information for each chef. Where unavailable, I searched for chef profiles and biographies to find places of birth or nationality. I also looked through news articles and restaurant biographies when chef profiles did not contain the information needed.

The spreadsheet has been updated to include race, nationality and notes for the chefs listed for the rows between 827-1032. For the rows that needed additional sources, the source column was also updated. The spreadsheet can be accessed here.
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James Beard Awards - Race / Nationality, Rows 1033-1232

I completed rows 1033-1232 of the attached spreadsheet, covering race and nationality information for several James Beard Award-winning and -nominated chefs. Read on for some additional notes!

OVERVIEW

I was able to find at least a state of birth for each chef in this section of the spreadsheet except for two: Tamara Murphy and Zakary Pelaccio. To confirm each chef's race, I first looked for details in their biographies or in articles about them. Some chefs' races were explicitly detailed in these sources. In cases where a chef's race wasn't made clear in those sources, I made an assumption based on their photo and country/ethnicity of origin, both of which were generally available. Hometown and nationality information was also generally available from each chef's biography or featured articles.

CONCLUSION

I've updated and standardized the race and nationality information for the chefs in rows 1033-1232 of the attached spreadsheet.
Sources
Sources

From Part 02
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