TCF Professor Wins National James Beard Foundation Award

Professor Andrew GraceAndrew Beck Grace, a University of Alabama telecommunication and film instructor and director of the Documenting Justice program, has been named a 2014 James Beard Foundation Award winner.

Grace was honored in the foundation’s Broadcast and New Media Awards Special/Documentary category for his 2013 documentary “Eating Alabama,” which detailed his and his wife Rashmi’s attempts to “eat like their grandparents ate” for a full year, eating only locally grown foods.

“Winning this award feels good,” Grace said. “It’s funny, because James Beard is known for the food awards. So you still have entities like Martha Stewart, ‘This American Life,’ a whole host of easily accessible, nationally known award winners. It feels good to be among that crowd.”

“Eating Alabama” aired nationally on PBS stations in 2013 and is available on iTunes and Amazon.

Grace is finishing an interactive documentary about the April 2011 tornadoes in Alabama, as well as a project with a former student on the bankruptcy of the Ku Klux Klan in the 1980s.