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.”
— James Beard Foundation (@beardfoundation) May 8, 2018
— Eater (@Eater) May 8, 2018
Chef Dolester Miles of Highlands Bar and Grill in Birmingham, Alamaba wins “Outstanding Pastry Chef.”
— Eater (@Eater) May 7, 2018
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.
— Hillary Dixler Canavan (@hillarydixler) May 8, 2018
Just got verification, I am the first African American author to win book of the year at the James Beard Awards. I am also one of only two non cookbooks to win BOY. Wow. #jbfa pic.twitter.com/po6oYhAxbi
— Michael W. Twitty (@KosherSoul) May 2, 2018
Friends, I got to thank my mother, Angela Rushen Ross, who flew from Los Angeles to be at #jbfa with me. My speaking voice, my reading aptitude, my ability to spell (“look it up in the dictionary!”), my sense of self, the parts of me that are decent, all praises to her. pic.twitter.com/qKzj8py54C
— Osayi Endolyn (@osayiendolyn) April 29, 2018
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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