About the James Beard Foundation

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James Beard Foundation
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Founded in 1984, the International Culinary Center is a leading culinary and wine education institute that has graduated some of the world’s top chefs, including Bobby Flay, Dan Barber, and Christina Tosi. Each year, International Culinary Center students volunteer at galas that support non-profit organizations including the James Beard Foundation (JBF).

Created in 1986 in honor of television personality and cookbook author James Beard, JBF supports culinary education through scholarships, grants, and chef advocacy training. In addition to honoring some of the world’s greatest chefs with food industry awards, the non-profit maintains New York City’s James Beard House as a prominent restaurant. Open to the public, guests at the house receive a world-class, multi-course dining experience.

In an effort to promote healthy eating and honor food industry leaders, JBF has established a series of Impact Programs, which include annual food summits and leadership awards. The JBF Food Conference, for example, was launched in 2010 and brought together leaders in the industry to explore complex issues. Other JBF Impact Programs focus on issues such as sustainable agriculture, food waste, and labor equity.