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Accolades Galore for African Americans at 2018 James Beard Awards

From James Beard Foundation Website


2018 is a banner year for African Americans at the James Beard Awards. Here’s the roll call:

Chef and Restaurant Awards

Top Chef alum Nina Compton of Compère Lapin in New Orleans wins “Best Chef: South.”



Chef Eduardo Jordan wins “Best Chef:Northwest” for his craftwork at Salare Restaurant in Seattle, AND his second Seattle restaurant Junebaby wins “Best New Restaurant.”


Chef Dolester Miles of Highlands Bar and Grill in Birmingham, Alamaba wins “Outstanding Pastry Chef.”



Rodney Scott of Rodney Scott’s BBQ (with locations in Charleston and Hemingway, SC) wins “Best Chef: Southeast,” and he becomes the second barbecue pitmaster to win a James Beard Award for the best chef of a region in the U.S.


Media Awards

A fantastic night for Michael Twitty as his book The Cooking Gene wins “Book of the Year” and the “Writing” category.



Osayi Endolyn won for a series of columns that she wrote for the Southern Foodways Alliance‘s quarterly publication, Gravy.


Leadership Awards


Photo by Nicol Harrison.

Dara Cooper is “[h]onored for dedicating her life to racial equity and justice in the food system, and increasing capacity and visibility of Black-led narratives and work. Read more about Ms. Cooper here.

Shirley Sherrod is “[h]onored for defending farmers and farm equity as well as building farmer coops in the South.” Read more about Ms. Sherrod here.

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Congratulations all!  

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