Legacy Network  

The James Beard Foundation Legacy Network trains emerging leaders across the culinary industry and connects them with future generations of excellence. By developing and cultivating the capabilities among, and peer groups of, these influential professionals, Legacy advances the equitable, culturally relevant leadership required to strengthen the industry. Each protégé, under the guidance of Legacy advisors, becomes part of a powerful network that centers the professional growth of previously underserved communities. The Legacy Network ensures their career paths are diverse, equitable, and sustainable. 

Legacy Network is open to BIPOC, and for the first cohort, we are prioritizing Black American and Indigenous heritage persons.

The 2021 application period is now closed. To receive more information about upcoming applications, please sign up for our industry support newsletter.  Applicants selected for the program will be notified by July 6, 2021.

Program Timeline and Application Assets

The advisors will train for three weeks in May of 2021. Advisors and advisees will be introduced starting in June 2021 and will develop relationships across the Legacy Network over the course of eight months (June 2021–January 2022). They will engage regularly on the advisees’ goals and benchmarks, and how to achieve them. 

We recommend that applicants have the following information and documentation prepared for when an application window opens:

  • Resume
  • 2 headshot photos
  • 2 recommendation letters
  • Video submission

You will be asked to upload a video file with your response to the following question. Video files should be no longer than 8 minutes in total. Your submission is only for additional context and is not being weighed as official criteria to be eligible for the program.

  • How do you envision the Legacy Network program will support your professional growth and personal brand in your culinary career?  


Have questions about the program or application? Email us at legacy@jamesbeard.org.


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Official James Beard Foundation Partners