John Legend Becomes First Black Man, Youngest Person Ever To Attain “EGOT” Status

first_imgJohn Legend has amassed 10 Grammy awards over the course of his career. He and Common won a “Best Original Song” Oscar at the 2015 Academy Awards for their song, “Glory”, which was featured in the film Selma. Last year, he took home his Tony Award in the “Best Revival of a Play” category for his work as a co-producer of Jitney.Legend has been on track for entertainment greatness from an early age, beginning to sing with his church choir at the age of four and quickly and consistently accumulating accolades ever since. He started playing the piano at age seven, entered high school at age 12, and graduated as his class salutatorian at age 16. After earning an Ivy League college education from the University of Pennsylvania, he began his career in earnest, notching a number of notable collaborations and contributing to acclaimed projects by the likes of Kanye West, Lauryn Hill, and more before releasing his debut album, Get Lifted via Kanye’s GOOD Music imprint in 2004.Congratulations to John Legend (as well as Andrew Lloyd Weber and Tim Rice) for your well-earned EGOTs![H/T Billboard] John Legend is just that: a living legend. At Sunday night’s Creative Arts Emmys,  the 39-year-old Legend achieved a historic milestone that places him among the most decorated entertainers of all time: the coveted “EGOT.” With his Emmy win, John Legend becomes the first black man to earn an EGOT, as well as the youngest person overall to nab the distinction.For those unaware, “EGOT” is an acronym that represents the most prestigious awards presented in various sections of the entertainment industry—Emmy (TV), Grammy (music), Oscar (film), and Tony (Broadway). Last night NBC live teleplay Jesus Christ Superstar Live In Concert—produced by and starring Legend—earned a Creative Arts Emmy for “Outstanding Variety Special (Live)”, adding the final jewel to his EGOT crown.Legend’s fellow Jesus Christ Superstar co-producers Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice also completed their EGOT resumes with the production’s Emmy win last night, making the three men just the 13th, 14th, and 15th people ever to achieve the milestone. Chrissy Teigen, Legend’s wife, tweeted a photo of the three newly minted EGOTs with their awards on the red carpet. Check it out below:last_img read more

Culinary Institute of America leads Asian cuisines boot camp at Harvard

first_img Mise en place ready for recipe execution during HUDS’ Asian Cuisines training. Chef Shirley Cheng from the Culinary Institute of America. Chef Shirley Cheng, a Professor of Culinary Arts at the Hyde Park, NY campus of the Culinary Institute of America, visited Harvard University Dining Services’ (HUDS) kitchens from June 3–6, 2017 to run its team of chefs through an intensive Asian cuisines training.Fourteen chefs received instruction in the techniques of the cuisines of China, Japan, Thailand, Korea and Vietnam. Each day ‘s training included a brief history of the regional cuisines, as well as hands-on execution of an extensive menu.“These are some of the most popular cuisines with our students,” noted HUDS’ Managing Director, David P. Davidson, “and many are ‘home cooking’ for our diverse undergraduate community. It was important to improve the authenticity of our execution of these dishes.” Each day’s training included the preparation of approximately 20 dishes, which were then presented by the chef who executed them, while all tasted. Beginning in the fall of 2017, those recipes will begin to appear on the HUDS undergraduate dining hall menu.“My appreciation and understanding of these cuisines has grown ten-fold,” noted Martin Breslin, Director for Culinary Operations. “The techniques are simple but vital to the authenticity of the flavors.”Harvard University Dining Services operates 13 residential dining halls, 14 campus retail cafes, a kosher kitchen and complete catering services.  The country’s oldest collegiate foodservice operation, HUDS serves approximately 5 million meals a year. Read Full Storylast_img read more

Poland plans to speed up move to clean and nuclear energy

first_imgWARSAW, Poland (AP) — Poland’s government has adopted a plan to speed up the coal-reliant nation’s transformation to clean and nuclear energy. The Cabinet passed a resolution Tuesday that calls for Poland to obtain 23% of its energy from renewable sources by 2030, compared to some 13% now. The plan foresees an increase in wind energy, especially from farms on the Baltic Sea, and the opening of Poland’s first nuclear power plant in 2033. The move toward a zero-emissions energy policy is expected to produce some 300,000 jobs, according to the resolution released by Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki’s office.last_img