Chef, restaurateur and author Nora Pouillon (above left), a pioneer of the farm to table and organic food movements will pick up the Lifetime Achievement award, while Denise Cerreta (above right), a philanthropist and social entrepreneur, and the founder of One World Everybody Eats (OWEE), a pay-what-you-can non profit, will pick up Humanitarian of the Year at the awards ceremony on 1 May in Chicago.
Pouillon’s eponymous Washington, D.C. restaurant was certified the first all-organic restaurant in the US back in 1999, while Ceretta now has a network of cafes across the world designed to tackle food insecurity.
“The two women we honor this year are positively inspiring game changers in our culinary world," said the foundation’s President Susan Ungaro. "We look forward to honoring the powerful work they’re doing to create a better food system."
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