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Houston First Partners with James Beard Foundation to Present 30th Annual Media Awards

Houston • Feb. 11, 2020

HOUSTON (February 11, 2020) – Houston First, the city’s official destination management organization is proud to announce its partnership with the James Beard Foundation to present the 2020 James Beard Media Awards, sponsored by Capitol One. The exclusive event honors the nation’s top food authors, broadcast producers and hosts, and journalists. It all happens at Pier Sixty at Chelsea Piers in New York City, Friday, April 24, 2020.

As part of Houston First’s partnership with the nonprofit food organization of professionals, seven Houston-based chefs will represent the city by preparing a five-course meal for the hundreds of honorees and attendees at the prestigious event. This will certainly broaden Houston’s reach and gain invaluable publicity in the culinary world for the city and the chefs. Selection of the chefs is underway and will be announced at a later date.

“As the culinary and cultural capital of the south, Houston is a top food travel destination, so we are so pleased to have a seat at the table at this one-of a kind event,” said Brenda Bazan, president and CEO of Houston First Corporation. “I am thrilled for the local chefs who will get to showcase their flavorful talents. But the real winners are those attending the special evening as they get an opportunity to taste why Houston is the most deliciously diverse city in the nation.”

The 2020 James Beard Awards will mark the 30th anniversary of America’s most coveted and comprehensive honors to celebrate chefs and other leaders in the food and beverage industry. Throughout their three-decade history, the Beard Awards, considered the “Oscars of the food world” have both sparked and reflected trends in America’s food culture. For more information, click here.