James Andrew Beard was born in Portland, Oregon on this day in 1903. He would attend Reed College but was expelled in 1922 for homosexual activity. LOL, Expelled from Reed for that? Can you imagine? He left Portland to travel with a theatrical troupe, studying voice and theater along the way, ending up in Paris before returning to the US in 1927. Ten years later, with his acting career stalled, he started a catering company, Hors d’Oeuvre, Inc., and published his first cookbook. He first appeared on television in 1946 and opened the James Beard Cooking School in 1955. And he’s been inspiring great chefs ever since.
Grilling, broiling, barbecuing — whatever you want to call it — is an art, not just a matter of building a pyre and throwing on a piece of meat as a sacrifice to the gods of the stomach. – James Beard