James Beard

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Birthday
5, 1903
Birthplace
Portland, OR
Death Date
Jan 21, 1985 (81)
Birth Sign
Taurus
Birthday
5, 1903
Birthplace
Portland, OR
Death Date
Jan 21, 1985 (81)

About

Celebrity chef whose numerous cookbooks and television appearances gave rise to American-style gourmet cooking.

Before Fame

He became interested in cooking at an early age. In fact, he visited the 1905 Lewis and Clark Exposition as a toddler and, years later, remembered the event's featured shredded wheat biscuits.

Trivia

He and his friend capitalized on the cocktail party trend by establishing their own catering company, Hors d'Oeuvre, Inc.

Family Life

He was born in Portland, Oregon to a boarding house proprietor mother and a customs house clerk father.

Associated With

He was an inspiration to such influential chefs as Julia Child.