Director of House Programming
The James Beard Foundation
Izabela Wojcik is the Director of House Programming for the James Beard Foundation, a national New York City-based charitable organization that showcases the culinary arts, awards annual recognition for chefs, restaurants, and writers, and hands out scholarships to the next generation of aspiring food enthusiasts. In her role as chef wrangler, Izabela organizes more than 200 culinary events each year at the historic James Beard House. She’s a frequent moderator and guest judge, including at the Great American Seafood Cook-Off in New Orleans, Cochon 555 in NYC, Chefs’ Holidays at Yosemite National Park, Nickel City Chef competition in Buffalo, and the International Tapas and Pinchos Competition in Valladolid, Spain. She has been a guest host on Taste Matters, an online program of the Heritage Radio Network.
Izabela acts as the liaison between the James Beard Foundation and the US Department of State’s Diplomatic Culinary Partnership. She is also a member of the Kitchen Cabinet, the advisory board to the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History.
In her daily context, Izabela engages food professionals in a dialogue concerning trends in fine dining, food preparation and ingredients, the latest in equipment and technology, the issue of local –global- seasonal-sustainable, and health and nutrition.
Izabela holds a BS from Cornell University School of Hotel Administration.
Izabela resides in Brooklyn, NY with her journalist husband, and son.
Her name is pronounced Whoa-Chick!