Michael and Ariane Batterberry, founders of Food & Wine and Food Arts magazines, have been named recipients of the 2010 James Beard Foundation Lifetime Achievement Award. The Batterberrys will be honored at this year’s ceremony on May 3 at Lincoln Center in New York.
The James Beard Awards are the nation’s most prestigious recognition program, honoring professionals in the food and beverage industries.
The Lifetime Achievement Award is bestowed to those whose lifetime body of work has had a positive and long-lasting impact on the way we eat, cook, and/or think about food in America.
“We are delighted to announce that Ariane and Michael Batterberry are being honored with this year’s James Beard Foundation Lifetime Achievement Award,” said Susan Ungaro, President of the James Beard Foundation. “Ariane and Michael, who were close friends of James Beard, have made landmark contributions to both the publishing and culinary worlds. Everyone in our industry has read and been inspired by their work over the years. They are true pioneers and we look forward to following their careers for many years to come.”
As leaders in their field, Michael and Ariane Batterberry have founded two milestone national food magazines: Food Arts, the influential award-winning publication for the restaurant and hotel trades, and Food & Wine, a leading consumer publication. Singly or together, they are the authors of 18 books on food, art and social history, and they have contributed a quarterly food trends column to USAToday.
Michael Batterberry has also pioneered efforts to unite chefs, restaurateurs, and farmers in a mutual nationwide support system that also serves to advance the cause of sustainable agriculture. He has appeared often on national and international TV as a commentator on culinary and restaurant business trends and has performed as introductory host to the Public Television series “Rising Star Chefs.”