The 2020 James Beard Foundation Leadership Awards ceremony, presented in association with Deloitte, has been postponed. Honorees were announced during our online nominee announcement on Monday May 4, 2020. For a full list of honorees click here. Please continue to check our website for event updates.
"If we really believe in food, we must do something about it, for our voices should be raised above the rest.” — James Beard in a letter to Helen Evans Brown dated May 5, 1958.

The James Beard Foundation’s Leadership Awards spotlight the important and complex realms of sustainability, food justice, and public health. They raise awareness of these timely issues by celebrating the visionaries responsible for creating a healthier, safer, and more equitable and sustainable food system.

The Leadership Awards recognize specific outstanding initiatives as well as bodies of work and lifetime achievement. Excellence of work, innovation in approach, and scale of impact within a community or the nation are among the criteria used to select the recipients. Honorees are chosen by a volunteer committee of experts and the cohort of past Leadership Award recipients. The Foundation will award 2020 honorees a $10,000 cash prize to each honoree.

Watch this video to learn more about the JBF Leadership Awards.

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