The Julia Child Award

Created by The Julia Child Foundation for Gastronomy and the Culinary Arts in 2015, the Julia Child Award is given to an individual (or team) who has made a profound and significant difference in the way America cooks, eats and drinks.

The Foundation presents the annual award in association with the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History at a gala event held in Washington, D.C. in the fall. The gala is a celebration of the recipient’s accomplishments and helps raise money to support food history programming at the Museum. It features prominent speakers from throughout the national food world, and kicks off the Museum’s annual Smithsonian Food History Weekend.

Each year at the gala, the recipient receives a uniquely designed award engraved with his/her name and year of honor. In addition, the Foundation makes a $50,000 grant to the food-related non-profit of the recipient’s choosing.

Award recipients are nominated and selected by an independent jury, who select candidates from a private shortlist, managed by the Award Director. Candidates embody shared characteristics with Julia Child, including being a renowned Educator, Communicator, Innovator, Mentor and Bridge-Builder, and demonstrating Integrity, Public-Spiritedness and Independence.

The purpose of the Award is three-fold, to:

  • Publicly recognize those following closely in Julia’s footsteps.
  • Shine a spotlight on their accomplishments and actions.
  • Help increase the impact of the non-profit, food-related causes that matter to the recipients.

Visit the Julia Child Award website to learn more about the award criteria, the jury, past recipients and past award-related grant recipients.