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2016 Who's Who of Food and Beverage in America Inductees

JBF Editors

May 16, 2016

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The James Beard Foundation’s Who’s Who of Food and Beverage in America is a cadre of the most accomplished food and beverage professionals in the country. Though they represent a diverse cross-section of the food and beverage industry—from chefs to journalists to farmers to business executives to scholars—each has been identified by his or her peers as having displayed remarkable talent and achievement. Every member of the Who’s Who has contributed in some substantial way to America’s constantly evolving culinary scene.

Watch the videos below to learn more about this year's inductees, who run the gamut from pioneering food bloggers to animal rights activists, and all that's in between.


Gina Gallo / Winemaker / Sonoma, CA


Dr. Temple Grandin / Author and Animal Rights Activist / Fort Collins, CO


Jim Lahey / Baker and Proprietor / NYC


Ed Levine / Author and Founder of Serious Eats / NYC


Marcus Samuelsson / Chef and Restaurateur / NYC

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Learn more about the 2016 James Beard Awards.