Kevin Johnson has been chief executive of Starbucks for more than a year now, though you wouldn’t always know it. For much of Mr. Johnson’s tenure, he has been overshadowed by Howard Schultz, the company’s former chief executive and departing executive chairman. There was Mr. Schultz in Shanghai in December, opening one of the company’s high-end Roastery coffee shops. There was Mr. Schultz at the annual meeting in March, drawing rapturous applause from shareholders. There was Mr. Schultz on TV in April, running damage control after two black men were arrested at a Starbucks in Philadelphia while waiting for a friend and again when the company closed all of its stores on May 29 for racial bias training of its employees. But after several years working in Mr. Schultz’s shadow — a door connects the two men’s offices, and Mr. Schultz often pops in unannounced — Mr. Johnson will be on his own. Starbucks recently announced that Mr. Schultz, who has been chief executive or … [Read more...] about The C.E.O. of Starbucks Isn’t Leaving. Only Howard Schultz Is.
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MONACO IN another time, acrobats and go-go dancers would probably not have entertained a chef at his 80th birthday party. The food would not have been prepared by chefs from Japan, Australia, Norway and Spain — as well as France. A chef’s birthday would not have been an occasion for anything like the three days of hoopla this past weekend in Monte Carlo. But if the sedate world of fine dining has become a circus, no chef has a better claim to the title of ringmaster than the guest of honor, Paul Bocuse. Before chefs had their own TV shows and million-dollar book deals, when today’s international obsession with chefs and restaurants was in its infancy, Mr. Bocuse was on the cover of Time magazine as the champion of nouvelle cuisine. People knew his name when they could name no one else who worked in a kitchen. “He made it possible for chefs to be respected international celebrities,” said the New York restaurateur Drew Nieporent. “And he made haute cuisine popular. His … [Read more...] about Celebrating the Ringmaster of the Restaurant Circus
The James Beard Foundation’s sprawling list of more than 400 semifinalists for the best chefs, restaurants and restaurateurs in the country usually doesn’t get much attention, except from the people who are on it. The real action comes in May, when the winners are announced at a glamorous gala. This year is different. As with the Oscars and the Grammys, the James Beard awards have become a litmus test at a moment when race and gender inequities are rising to the surface. The foundation for the first time has advised the people who nominate and vote for the winners to add a new set of criteria . In addition to what’s on the plate and how a dining room executes service, contenders must also possess “the values of respect, transparency, diversity, sustainability and equality.” The foundation’s language is brief and somewhat vague. But as a result, this year’s list of semifinalists, announced on Thursday morning , looks noticeably different from past lists. This year, 40 … [Read more...] about James Beard Awards Apply a New Yardstick: Good Behavior