Food transcends beyond the plate, creating both pleasure and purpose. It defines our place in the world and the issues we care most about. This year’s James Beard Foundation honorees are recognized for their leadership within their communities, their contributions to their cultural heritage, and their utilization of farming and food as a form of advocacy for social good. How have these leaders elevated the issues of vulnerable groups through food and culture? How have they brought about disruption, awareness, and purposeful change?