James Beard Foundation Announces 2018 Award Winners

The coveted James Beard Foundation announced the restaurateurs and culinary masterminds who will be the recipients of this year's awards.

2018's theme is “celebrating the collective spirit of our community and the power of food. Championing causes, speaking up for those who can’t be heard, and cooking their hearts out, our community rises to make this world a better, more delicious place for all.”

At the Lyric Opera of Chicago, the James Beard Awards were hosted by Carla Hall, co-host of "ABC’s The Chew" and the awards were given to some of Foodable's favorite culinary superstars.

Some of the highlights include Outstanding Restaurateur which was awarded to Caroline Styne.

Styne snagged a nomination for Outstanding Restauranteur in 2017, but this year was her year. Her partner is Suzanne Goin, who was inducted to the JBF’s Who’s Who of Food & Beverage in 2017, is the badass chef at their concepts A.O.C., Lucques, and Tavern.

Speaking of women chefs, when you think of a woman chef, you probably think of Dominique Crenn. This year she added another coveted achievement under her belt and was awarded the Best Chef: West (CA, HI, NV.)

She’s the only female chef in the U.S. to have earned two Michelin stars and is the visionary behind Atelier Crenn, an award-winning restaurant in San Francisco, CA.

Considering this year's theme was focused on humanitarian efforts, José Andrés being awarded the James Beard Foundation Humanitarian of the Year is well-deserved

In an impassioned speech, he promised to continue to support immigration efforts and women. 

“You know I never talked about French people in the open, besides Eric Ripert who I love. But one of my favorites, Brillat-Savarin, in 1826 [said] just tell me what you eat and I’ll tell you who you are. He said the future of a nation depends on how it feeds itself,” said Andrés, “So we need nourish schools to empower women to be agents of change in the hospitality industry, sustainable farms, or bakeries or restaurants, where the profits support the community’s most needy citizens…men, it seems we get the credit for feeding everybody. But really, reality shows that it is woman who carry the weight to feeding humanity. And it is essential that we liberate them and provide better conditions for them to succeed…”

See all the other JBF Award winners at "Forbes" now.