For The Love Of One Chef: Giving Kitchen Wins James Beard Award


When Jen Hidinger-Kendrick’s late husband, chef Ryan Hidinger, contracted gall bladder cancer in 2013, the Atlanta restaurant community rallied around him. Moved by the couple's struggle, they threw a benefit to defray the costs of Hidinger’s cancer treatments, and managed to raise over $300,000.

Sadly, Ryan Hidinger passed away the following year–but his death proved to be the birth of something enduring. Giving Kitchen, a nonprofit that provides financial assistance to food industry workers in Metro Atlanta and Athens, GA, has given over $2.4 million to nearly 2,500 needy workers to date, and there is no end in sight. Yesterday, the James Beard Foundation named Giving Kitchen as its Humanitarian of the Year.

“It all started with the love of one chef," said co-founder Ryan Turner. "The Atlanta food industry came together to take care of one of their own.”

For more about this remarkable organization, read today's Eater feature.


A 501(c)(3) tax-exempt organization

Federal Identification Number (EIN): 46-3416157

P.O. Box 6654
San Rafael, CA 94903