Hilton, based in McClean, Virginia, and the James Beard Foundation of New York City, New York, are expanding their partnership, with Hilton serving as an In-Association Sponsor of the 2024 James Beard Awards and Presenting Sponsor of the James Beard Restaurant and Chef Awards Outstanding Chef category. Following last year’s industry-leading partnership as the first global hospitality company to sponsor the Outstanding Bar category, this renewed support underscores Hilton’s ongoing innovation in food and beverage and, this year, puts the spotlight on top-tier culinary talent.
“After last year’s pioneering collaboration, we were excited to continue our partnership with the James Beard Foundation to showcase our shared commitment to outstanding culinary achievement,” says Adam Crocini, senior vice president and global head, food and beverage brands, Hilton, in a prepared statement. “We are always looking to raise the bar across our global portfolio, and we are inspired by the James Beard Award-winners each year in celebration of the outstanding talent across the food and beverage industry. We look forward to supporting our own talent as they take food and beverage innovation to the next level.”
Hilton will serve as an In-Association Sponsor of the James Beard Awards. As part of this support, Hilton will first host the 2024 James Beard Restaurant and Chef Awards Nominee and Achievement Award Honorees (Leadership, Lifetime Achievement, and Humanitarian of the Year) announcement event on April 3 at the Waldorf Astoria Washington DC. Following, Hilton will also be Presenting Sponsor of the Outstanding Chef category at the 2024 James Beard Restaurant and Chef Awards on June 10 in Chicago, Illinois.
“We are immensely grateful to Hilton for their generous support of the 2024 James Beard Awards,” says Kris Moon, president and chief operating officer, James Beard Foundation. “This partnership exemplifies our shared commitment to culinary excellence and honoring the phenomenal talent shaping our nation’s food culture. We look forward to celebrating the Restaurant and Chef nominee announcement at Waldorf Astoria Washington DC in April, and for Hilton’s continued support of the James Beard Awards in June.”
The James Beard Awards are among the industry’s most prestigious honors, recognizing exceptional talent in the culinary and food media industries, and broader food system. The awards honor outstanding achievement in the food and beverage industry across categories ranging from fine-dining establishments to timeless gems, emerging culinary talent to established restaurateurs, and more. The James Beard Restaurant and Chef Awards Outstanding Chef category recognizes a chef who sets high culinary standards and has served as a positive example for other food professionals, while contributing positively to the broader community.