2011 Sustainability Awards

The 2011 Sustainability Awards, which recognize individuals who have played an exemplary role in advancing the Chefs Collaborative mission to make sustainability second nature in the greater culinary community.  Awards will be presented on Monday, October 24, 2011, at the Chefs Collaborative Awards Dinner during the National Summit in New Orleans.

Read on to learn more about the awards, the process, and our esteemed judges.

The Awards

 

Sustainer

 

  • This award will recognize a chef who has been both a great mentor and is a model to the culinary community through his/her purchases of seasonal, sustainable ingredients and the transformation of these ingredients into delicious food.

Pathfinder

 

  • This award will recognize a visionary working in the greater food community who has been a catalyst for positive change within the food system through efforts that go beyond the kitchen.

Foodshed Champion

* In 2011, this award will recognize a producer in the Gulf Coast Region.

 

  • This award will recognize a food producer (farmer, fisher, artisanal producer) committed to working with chefs and who exemplifies these principles:  Good food begins with unpolluted air, land, and water, environmentally sustainable farming and fishing, and humane animal husbandry and who has formed successful, lasting partnerships with chefs.

Process

 

  • Awards Committee established by the Board of Overseers:  Ed Doyle, President and Founder of Real Food Consulting, Inc, Cambridge, MA; Michael Leviton, Chef/Owner of Lumiere and Chair of the Chefs Collaborative Board, Newton, MA; Richard McCarthy, Co-Founder and Executive Director of Crescent City Market, New Orleans, LA; Tracey Ryder, President and CEO of Edible Communities, Santa Fe, NM.
  • A call for nominations announced to Chefs Collaborative members via email on May 4.  All nominations must be peer nominated by someone working within the food system.
  • Nominations due to the Awards Committee by May 25.
  • Awards committee selects finalists in July.
  • Judges review nominees and select an awardee in each category by end of July.
  • Finalists will be announced in August.
  • Awards will be announced and presented at the Chefs Collaborative Awards Dinner on Monday, October 24, during the National Summit in New Orleans.

2011 Awards Judges:

  • Rick Bayless, Chef/Owner, Frontera, Topolobampo, XOXO restaurants; Chefs Collaborative Advisory Board member, Chicago, IL
  • Jane Black, Journalist, Huntington, WV
  • Nancy Civetta, Communications Officer at Pew Charitable Trust Environment Group’s Campaign to End Overfishing in New England, Welfleet, MA
  • Peter Davis, Executive Chef, Henrietta’s Table, 2010 Sustainer awardee, Cambridge, MA
  • Ed Doyle, President and Founder of Real Food Consulting, Inc
  • Rebecca Goldburg, Director of Marine Science at Pew Charitable Trust’s Environment Group, Chefs Collaborative Advisory Board Member, New York, NY
  • Joan Dye Gussow, Professor Emeritus at Columbia University, Chefs Collaborative Advisory Board Member, Piermont, NY
  • Fred Kirschenmann, Distinguished Fellow at the Leopold Center for Sustainable Agriculture, Chefs Collaborative Advisory Board Member, Ames, IA
  • Chris Koetke: Executive Director, Kendall College School of Culinary Arts
    Vice President, Laureate International Universities Center of Excellence in Culinary Arts,  2010 Pathfinder awardee, Chicago, IL
  • Michael Leviton, Chef/Owner of Lumiere and Chair of the Chefs Collaborative Board
  • Theresa Marquez, Vice President of Marketing, Organic Valley, La Farge, WI
  • Richard McCarthy, Co-Founder and Executive Director of Crescent City Market
  • Dan McGovern, Publisher, Sustainable Food News, Portland, ME
  • Gary Nabhan, Internationally-celebrated nature writer, seed saver, conservation biologist and sustainable agriculture activist, Patagonia, AZ
  • Nicolette Hahn Niman, Attorney and Livestock Rancher, Bolinas CA
  • Michel Nischan, Chef/Owner, Dressing Room, Chefs Collaborative Advisory Board Member, Westport, CT
  • Bob Reese, Principal and Founder, Vermont Butter and Cheese, 2010 Foodshed Campion awardee, Websterville, VT
  • Tracey Ryder, President and CEO of Edible Communities, Santa Fe, NM.
  • Robin Schempp, President of Right Stuff Enterprises, Waterbury, VT
  • Ewell Smith, Executive Director, Louisiana Promotion and Marketing Board
  • Stephen Stryjewski, Chef/Partner, Cochon, New Orleans, LA
  • Poppy Tooker, Food Personality, Cooking Teacher, Author, New Orleans, LA