The James Beard Foundation Announces Recipients Of 2017 Angel Award

New York, NY – The James Beard Foundation (JBF) is proud to announce Chris and Meredith Powell as the recipients of its 2017 Angel Award, which is granted annually to an individual or group that has demonstrated significant financial support for its programs. As founders of the community-focused kitchen, supper club, and catering company, Orange Door Hospitality, the Powells are being honored with the Angel Award for their extraordinary contributions to JBF, as well as to the food world at large.

Since 2013, the Powells have supported a range of JBF Impact Programs, such as the Chefs Boot Camp for Policy and Change, and helped the Foundation to bring together chefs, farmers, food companies, and others in the culinary community to dissect issues and facilitate participation around the biggest challenges facing today’s society, including food waste, sustainable agriculture, and labor equity.

“We are delighted to recognize Chris and Meredith Powell of the Osprey Foundation for their generous support towards our Chefs Boot Camps and broader Impact Programs,” said Kris Moon, vice president of the James Beard Foundation. “Chris and Meredith’s work within the food industry is truly remarkable, and their contributions to the James Beard Foundation have aided us in addressing the issue of sustainability within today’s culinary world. Having one or both of them in attendance at almost every Chefs Boot Camp we’ve hosted since 2013 has provided a valuable connection and resource for chefs who are just beginning to work in more traditional, philanthropic settings.”

In addition to Orange Door Hospitality and their involvement with JBF, the Powells both serve as trustees for the Osprey Foundation—whose goal it is to empower individuals and communities through education, health, economic opportunity, and human rights in a sustainable way. Through the leveraging of strategic grants and partnerships, the Powells have spearheaded the Osprey Foundation’s Good Food Advocacy Movement, aimed at securing easy access to good food for all Americans.

“The James Beard Foundation’s Impact Programs have, in many ways, become the cornerstone of our philanthropic efforts to improve America's food system,” said Chris Powell. “Whether it is training chefs to be advocates at their Chefs Boot Camps for Policy and Change, convening thought leaders at their annual Food Summit, or the myriad other Impact Programs, the James Beard Foundation’s spirit of innovation and their ability to execute make them the organization to watch in the next decade when it comes to food systems change."

With the generous support of the Powells and the Osprey Foundation, among others, JBF’s Chefs Boot Camp has been able invite more than 150 chefs to participate in the program since its launch in 2012. Chefs who have participated have gone on to become powerful advocates on issues they deeply connect with, both personally and professionally. For more information about the Chefs Boot Camp, please visit:

Chris and Meredith Powell are the 20th recipients of the JBF’s Angel Award, which is traditionally bestowed as part of JBF’s Chairman’s Circle event celebrating partnership and support of its higher-level members. First presented in 1994, past honorees of the Angel Award include: Barbara Kafka, Arthur Abelman, Fritz Maytag, Michael Ginor, Diane Kern, Jean-Louis Palladin, Zov Karamardian, Peter Cameron, Don Pritchard, Saori Kawano, Fred Carl, Jr. of Viking Range Corporation, John Washko, George Sape, Tracy McSorley, Victoria Mastrobuono, Michael Phillips, Anne Quatrano, Steven and Joshua Elkes, and Grace Communications Foundation. For additional information regarding the Angel Award and JBF supporters, please see:

About the James Beard Foundation

Founded in 1986, the James Beard Foundation celebrates, nurtures, and honors chefs and other leaders making America's food culture more delicious, diverse, and sustainable for everyone. A cookbook author and teacher with an encyclopedic knowledge about food, the late James Beard was a champion of American cuisine. He helped educate and mentor generations of professional chefs and food enthusiasts, instilling in them the value of wholesome, healthful, and delicious food. Today JBF continues in the same spirit by administering a number of diverse programs that include educational initiatives, food industry awards, scholarships for culinary students, publications, chef advocacy training, and thought-leader convening. The Foundation also maintains the historic James Beard House in New York City’s Greenwich Village as a “performance space” for visiting chefs. For more information, please visit Get food news, recipes, and more at the James Beard Foundation’s blog, or subscribe to the free digital newsletter Beard Bites. Follow @beardfoundation on FacebookTwitterInstagramPinterest, and Snapchat. Watch the James Beard House Kitchen Cam, James Beard Awards, and more on the Foundation’s Livestream channel. Find more JBF-related video on the Foundation’s YouTube channels.

Source: James Beard Foundation