The Foundation establishes the annual Julia Child Award to foster Julia’s legacy. It is given to an individual who has made a profound and significant difference in the way America cooks, eats and drinks. The recipient is selected by an independent jury and presented with the Award at a gala hosted by the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History in conjunction with the museum’s annual Food History Weekend. The award is accompanied by a $50,000 grant from the Foundation to a food-related non-profit selected by the recipient. Jacques Pépin is the first to receive the Award.

The engraved copper pan, which will be presented to each recipient to commemorate the honor, is created by Ashley Anastasia Howell of Avid Creative, winner of an international design competition.

To learn more about the Award, click here.