The James Beard Foundation (JBF) recently announced the recipients of the sixth annual James Beard Foundation Leadership Awards. The 2016 honorees will be recognized at the annual awards dinner on October 17 at Hearst Tower as part of the JBF Food Conference in New York City.
The honorees are Greg Asbed and Lucas Benitez, John Boyd, Jr., Anna Lappé, Jim McGovern, and Raj Patel. JBF President Susan Ungaro said, “This year’s honorees are game-changers who have made an impact in improving childhood nutrition, fighting hunger, and promoting justice and equality in our food system.”
Instead of culinary accomplishments, the Leadership Awards recognize specific outstanding initiatives and lifetime achievement in the realms of sustainability, food access, and public health. JFB aims to bring awareness to these issues by spotlighting visionaries in these fields.
The selection criteria for this year include excellence of work, innovation in approach, and scale of impact either within a community or across the nation. Honorees were selected by previous winners.
JBF has chosen to recognize the honorees for the following reasons:
Previous winners have included Wendell Berry, Mark Bittman, Dr. Jason Clay, Debra Eschmeyer, Sam Kass, Fred Kirschenmann, Dr. Kathleen Merrigan, Marion Nestle, First Lady Michelle Obama, Michael Pollan, Karen Washington, Alice Waters, and more.
The JBF Leadership Awards are co-hosted by Good Housekeeping, with founding support from the GRACE Communications Foundation. The awards ceremony will take place on October 17 as part of the seventh annual JBF Food Conference in New York City. Tickets for the dinner are available for the general public, and at a reduced price for conference attendees.
The JBF Food Conference will take place on October 17 and 18 at the Convene Conference Center. This year’s event theme is "Now Trending: The Making of a Food Movement," and it will explore the nature of trends and how they apply to the food system. Discussions will draw on the experience of other trend-focused industries, including technology, fashion, and design, to examine what fuels trends. In addition, participants will discuss trending issues in the food world, such as reducing waste, in order to understand how to build interest, enthusiasm, and action surrounding important topics.
Speakers at the conference will include notable figures in the food world, such as Simran Sethi, author of Bread, Wine, Chocolate; Sam Kass, former White House chef and Obama Administration nutrition policy advisor; and Tamar Haspel, journalist for The Washington Post. Leaders from other fields will also lend their expertise as speakers at the event, including Tim Gunn, Project Runway mentor; Mitch Baranowski, creative director, brand marketer, and entrepreneur; and Paco Underhill, CEO and founder of Envirosell.
Registration for the conference is now open to the public.