The James Beard Foundation is a nonprofit organization with a mission to celebrate, support, and elevate the people behind America’s food culture and champion a standard of good food anchored in talent, equity, and sustainability.
The James Beard Foundation’s Women’s Leadership Programs address the most pressing issues female chefs face, offering the tools to move beyond simply being a great chef and becoming a successful business owner.
The Women in Culinary Leadership program has worked to shatter the ”gastro-ceiling” since 2012 by pairing emerging female chefs with top industry leaders in a mentoring, learning-by-doing environment.
Launched in September 2017 at Babson College, as a professional development fellowship that offers female chefs a “deep dive” into business creation and management to overcome the inevitable pitfalls across the restaurant industry. These are just a few ways JBF is supporting women chefs (and fisHERmen) at every stage of their careers.
Mobilizing the community toward systemic policy change that supports a thriving and sustainable food and beverage industry.
Through Open for Good, we educate, train, and mobilize the chef community to use their voice in support of public policies from combatting hunger in America to supporting farmers and protecting American fisheries to promoting fair wage models.
Since 2012, the James Beard Foundation has been training and empowering chefs to advocate for meaningful food system change through the Chefs Boot Camp for Policy and Change.
The James Beard Foundation is a founding member and seed funder of the Independent Restaurant Coalition (IRC), which was formed to create a united voice for independent restaurants to affect legislative change in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Together these chef-advocates meet regularly with mayors, state legislators, governors and members of Congress and their staffs to create policies focused on a more diverse, equitable, and sustainable food system.
Financial Support Grants to help independent restaurants survive, reopen, and rebuild.
The restaurant community is always among the first to donate their time and resources to charities, and in a time of crisis are among the first responders that keep communities nourished. They are also among those in need. The Foundation has created unique grant programs to directly support small, independent restaurants.
Food and Beverage Investment Fund for Black and Indigenous Americans(September 2020-Present)
As part of the Foundation’s commitment to building a more equitable industry, and in acknowledgment of the immeasurable contribution that these two communities have made to the modern American foodscape, the Foundation launched The James Beard Foundation Food and Beverage Investment Fund for Black and Indigenous Americans to provide financial resources for food or beverage businesses that are majority-owned by Black or Indigenous individuals.
During the height of the pandemic, @beardfoundation launched their#OpenForGood campaign to provide critical resources to independent restaurants. They are seeking donations to help forge the future of the industry.
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