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Hilton and the James Beard Foundation® Evolve Partnership in Year Two, Honoring Excellence in Food and Beverage at the 2024 James Beard Awards

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Amplified partnership champions Hilton’s ongoing commitment to food & beverage innovation and culinary talent

MCLEAN, Va. – Hilton today announced an expanded partnership with the James Beard Foundation, 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,” said Adam Crocini, senior vice president and global head, food and beverage brands, Hilton. “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.”

This partnership celebrates the breadth of Hilton’s top-tier culinary talent and their unique offerings across the globe that make every stay extraordinary. As part of Hilton’s dedication to providing exceptional culinary experiences, Hilton has achieved innovation in food and beverage through partnering with celebrity chefs, including José Andrés, Michael Mina, and Nancy Silverton, as well as supporting bespoke concepts through the new StiR Collective, an in-house consulting and development arm reimagining hotel food and beverage with dynamic, relevant and commercial solutions. 

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 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. 

“We are immensely grateful to Hilton for their generous support of the 2024 James Beard Awards,” said Kris Moon, president and COO, James Beard Foundation. “This partnership exemplifies our shared commitment of 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 will 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. 

To learn more about Hilton’s leadership in food and beverage and innovative offerings across the portfolio, visit hilton.com. For more information about the James Beard Foundation and the James Beard Awards, visit jamesbeard.org.

Media Contact

Amber PfauFood and Beverage Communications, HiltonAmber.Pfau@hilton.com

About Hilton

Hilton is a leading global hospitality company with a portfolio of 22 world-class brands comprising more than 7,500 properties and nearly 1.2 million rooms, in 126 countries and territories. Dedicated to fulfilling its founding vision to fill the earth with the light and warmth of hospitality, Hilton has welcomed over 3 billion guests in its more than 100-year history, was named the No. 1 World’s Best Workplace by Great Place to Work and Fortune and has been recognized as a global leader on the Dow Jones Sustainability Indices for seven consecutive years. Hilton has introduced industry-leading technology enhancements to improve the guest experience, including Digital Key Share, automated complimentary room upgrades and the ability to book confirmed connecting rooms. Through the award-winning guest loyalty program Hilton Honors, the more than 180 million members who book directly with Hilton can earn Points for hotel stays and experiences money can't buy. With the free Hilton Honors app, guests can book their stay, select their room, check in, unlock their door with a Digital Key and check out, all from their smartphone. Visit stories.hilton.com for more information, and connect with Hilton on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Instagram and YouTube


About the James Beard Awards

The James Beard Awards recognizes exceptional talent and achievement in the culinary arts, hospitality, media, and broader food system, as well as a demonstrated commitment to racial and gender equity, community, sustainability, and a culture where all can thrive. Established in 1990, the James Beard Awards are among the nation’s most prestigious honors recognizing leaders in the culinary and food media industries. The Awards are overseen by the Awards Committee. Each Awards program (Book, Broadcast Media, Journalism, Leadership, and Restaurant and Chef) has its own subcommittee members who volunteer their time to oversee the policies, procedures, and selection of judges for their respective program. All James Beard Award winners receive a certificate and a medallion engraved with the James Beard Foundation Awards insignia. For more information, subscribe to the Awards digital newsletter.


About the James Beard Foundation

The James Beard Foundation (JBF) is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization that celebrates and supports the people behind America’s food culture, while pushing for new standards in the restaurant industry to create a future where all have the opportunity to thrive. Established over 30 years ago, the Foundation has highlighted the centrality of food culture in our daily lives and is committed to supporting a resilient and flourishing industry that honors its diverse communities. By amplifying new voices, celebrating those leading the way, and supporting those on the path to do so, the Foundation is working to create a more equitable and sustainable future—what we call Good Food for Good®. JBF brings its mission to life through the annual Awards, industry and community-focused programs, advocacy, partnerships, and events across the country. For the first time in the Foundation’s history, exceptional culinary talent, industry leaders, and visitors from NYC and beyond can experience unforgettable dining and educational programming at Platform by the James Beard Foundation—and be the first to try new food concepts at the Good To Go by JBF kiosk—inspiring food and beverage devotees for decades to come. Learn more at jamesbeard.org, sign up for our newsletter, and follow @beardfoundation on social media.