‘Jeopardy!’ Category Gives Nod to James Beard Foundation in Dr. Sanjay Gupta’s First Night as Guest Host

by Madison Miller

Dr. Sanjay Gupta has taken over the “Jeopardy!” stage for his two weeks of hosting starting yesterday, June 28.

During his first night as a host, “Jeopardy!” gave a nod to the James Beard Foundation with an entire category in its honor. The category was named “James Beard Chef of the Year.”

One of the questions from the category was “Alice Waters, the first woman to win the award, won for Chez Panisse in this California college town.” The answer was Berkeley.

The easiest $400 question happens to be the only one that stumped the three contestants. That question was, “In 2013 David Chang won for his noodle restaurant Momofuku, named for the inventor of this instant noodle dish.”

The answer was the widely popular and inexpensive instant noodle brand, Ramen.

According to the organization’s official site, “The James Beard Foundation is a nonprofit organization whose mission is to celebrate, support, and elevate the people behind America’s food culture and champion a standard of good food anchored in talent, equity, and sustainability.”

It’s been around for over 30 years. During COVID-19 the Foundation also launched the Open for Good campaign. This helps keep independent restaurants open as well as ensure that the entire food industry is able to rebuild even stronger.

James Beard himself was a groundbreaking part of the food industry. He was the host of the first food program back in 1946, helped launch American culinary traditions into a national cuisine, and even helped make local markets and products successful.

It was a great way for “Jeopardy!” to acknowledge one of the most influential foundations in food history.

Dr. Sanjay Gupta ‘Jeopardy!’ Charity

Each guest host of the show has been selecting a charity of their choice.

For the current host, Dr. Sanjay Gupta, he selected the Odyssey Atlantic charity. The show will then match the winning totals from contestants that appeared during his hosting stint.

Odyssey Atlanta is a childcare and educational charity organization. Its overall goal is to help children that are in under-served areas. With the proper resources and assistance, they can reach their full potential.

Gupta got emotional talking about the charity he chose for “Jeopardy!” Gupta is an Atlanta resident, meaning this charity hits close to home for that reason as well.

“The charity I chose is Odyssey Atlanta. And I’m probably going to get a little emotional, I’ll warn you because it has been a tough year for kids through this pandemic. You know, I think a lot of kids, my kids have — they’ve done well. But I know a lot of kids haven’t been able to have the same resources. So, I thought it was a great opportunity to try and provide that for them. And the amount of money that this raised will transform some of these kids’ lives,” Dr. Sanjay Gupta said during a “Jeopardy!” exclusive interview.