The James Beard Awards are here—AKA the Oscars of Food—and women. are. killin' it. This year, 21 women have been recognized for their contributions to the culinary world, from industry vets to stars on the rise. Winners will be announced on May 2 in Chicago, but honestly, these ladies are already changing the game.More
With a background at some of the most acclaimed restaurants in the United States, including Ma Maison, L'Orangerie in Los Angeles, Al Forno in Providence, Olives in Boston, Chez Panisse in Berkeley, as well as Alain Passard's Arpège in Paris, Los Angeles native Goin has paved her way as an esteemed chef and restaurateur.
Goin has received nine nominations for Outstanding Chef of the Year by the James Beard Foundation. In 2011, she became a member of the International Culinary Panel of distinguished chefs for Singapore Airlines, developing her recipes for in-flight dining. Goin and her business partner Caroline Styne have prepared several fundraising dinners for President Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama over the years. Goin is also a founding member of Lunch Matters, the organization working to create a partner school lunch program to Alice Waters' Edible Schoolyard project.
Chang is an honors graduate of Harvard College, and left her career as a management consultant to become a chef. She started at Biba in Boston, and throughout the 90's Chang worked at Bentonwood Bakery in Newton, Rialto in Cambridge, and the acclaimed Payard Bistro in New York City. She later returned to Boston and opened Flour in 2000. She also opened Chinese restaurant Myers + Chang, which is also up for a James Beard Award this year. She is a marathon runner and author of three cookbooks. Chang has been nominated for multiple James Beard Awards.