James Beard: America’s First Foodie

Chris Cosentino shares the mysterious story of how he discovered James Beard’s legacy.

Known for winning “Top Chef Masters” and for his palate-pleasing offal dishes, Chris Cosentino shares the surprising story of how he discovered James Beard’s work and legacy.


Major funding for James Beard: America’s First Foodie is provided by Feast it Forward. Additional funding provided by the National Endowment for the Arts and Art Works.

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Major support for American Masters is provided by AARP. Additional funding is provided by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, Rosalind P. Walter, The Philip and Janice Levin Foundation, Judith and Burton Resnick, Ellen and James S. Marcus, Vital Projects Fund, Lillian Goldman Programming Endowment, The Blanche & Irving Laurie Foundation, Cheryl and Philip Milstein Family, The André and Elizabeth Kertész Foundation, Michael & Helen Schaffer Foundation and public television viewers.