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Chef Nora Pouillon
Chef Nora Pouillon

DC restaurant pioneer Chef Nora Pouillon will be receiving the The James Beard Foundation's Lifetime Achievement Award in Chicago on May 1, 2017.


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Pouillon, born in Vienna in 1943, has attributed her commitment to healthy dining to her parents. After more than 40 years in the US, she has helped define contemporary American Cuisine.


A longtime advocate for increasing the quality and nutritional value of the food supply, Pouillon opened Restaurant Nora in Dupont Circle in 1979. The restaurant became completely certified organicin1999 making Restaurant Nora the first certified organic restaurant in the United States.


Over the years, Nora has received awards from many culinary and organic organizations. In 2009, she was the first recipient of the Genesis Award from Women Chefs and Restaurateurs, which recognizes a woman who has achieved a true ‘first’ in the culinary profession. In October of 2011, Chefs Collaborative inducted her into their Pioneers Table.


In addition to her work supporting the organic food movement, Nora champions for a cleaner environment so future generations can also enjoy life on Earth. She sits on the board of directors of the Amazon Conservation Team, the Environmental Film Festival, FRESHFARM Markets and Earth Day Network.


The chef is also an author, having penned the 2015 memoir My Organic Life: How a Pioneering Chef Helped Shape the Way We Eat Today as well as a cookbook: Cooking with Nora.