Craftsy Online Class Cooks Up a Big Win at 2016 James Beard Awards

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Craftsy takes the top prize for best online class cooking video, Indian Curries: The Basics and Beyond

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Craftsy is very proud of this recognition. Our goal has always been to produce the best “edutainment” content in the industry. We are thrilled to work with such incredible talent.

The James Beard Foundation has awarded Craftsy with the highest culinary honors in the United States by bestowing the James Beard Foundation’s Broadcast Media Award in the Video Webcast, Fixed Location and/or Instructional category for the company’s online class, Indian Curries: The Basics and Beyond.

Craftsy CEO and Founder John Levisay said he was delighted to have achieved such an incredible accolade. “Craftsy is very proud of this recognition. Our goal has always been to produce the best “edutainment” content in the industry. We are thrilled to work with such incredible talent. Cooking and Baking are our fastest growing categories with more than 150 video classes, and we are excited and honored that the James Beard Foundation has recognized the quality and in-depth content of our Craftsy cooking content.”

Raghavan Iyer teaches the award winning class. A Bombay native, cookbook author and culinary educator, Iyer has written four cookbooks, including 660 Curries and Indian Cooking Unfolded. He has made numerous television appearances, most notably, as the host of the Emmy-winning documentary Asian Flavors.

Iyer said of the award, “The Craftsy platform and this class have allowed me to share my passion with cooks around the globe, helping them discover a love for cooking Indian cuisine at home. I am extremely proud to have created such a compelling, exciting and in-depth video with the Craftsy team.”

Iyer teaches culinary courses worldwide and has helped launch a program training chefs in the United States about Indian cuisine.

Indian Curries: The Basics and Beyond is a two-hour online video cooking class in which Iyer helps adventurous home cooks master traditional Indian curries. Iyer sets students up for success by demonstrating how to toast and grind spices and create the flavorful building blocks of Indian cooking. Iyer creates layers of flavor and texture in simple shrimp, chicken and coconut curries before moving on to more complex legume and vegetable curries, paneer from scratch and a fluffy layered vegetable biryani. Students come away with the confidence and technical skill necessary to create delicious, authentic Indian curries from scratch.

The James Beard Awards are presented annually by the James Beard Foundation for excellence in cuisine, culinary writing, and culinary education. The awards honor the finest chefs, restaurants, wine professionals, journalists, cookbook authors, restaurant designers, and other food professionals in the United States.

Read more about Craftsy's Road to the James Beard Award.

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