Vilcek Foundation Invites Applications for Vilcek Prize for Creative Promise in Culinary Arts

Vilcek Foundation

The Vilcek Foundation will award three prizes of $50,000 each to immigrant culinary arts professionals, born in 1980 or later, who demonstrate extraordinary talent, dedication, and potential to advance the field of culinary arts. The prizes are meant to facilitate future discovery and impact for promising food professionals, beverage professionals, and culinary writers at a critical stage in their careers.

Eligible applicants are professionals working in fields related to the culinary arts, including:

Culinary arts, including baking and pastry arts

Beverage arts

Culinary writing

Eligible professions include:

Chefs and food preparers: chefs, caterers, test kitchen chefs, bakers, prepared food makers (creating craft jams, chocolates, cheeses, charcuterie, etc.)

Beverage professionals: vintners, distillers, brewers, bartenders, coffee roasters, etc.

Food writers: Food writers, critics, publishers, and cookbook authors

Eligibility Requirements



Selection Process



Online Application


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