08/10/2011 04:31 pm ET | Updated Oct 10, 2011

James Beard Foundation Leadership Awards Recognize Food Sustainability Pioneers (PHOTOS)

This morning, the James Beard Foundation announced the winners of its first-ever Leadership Awards. The new award category recognizes people who have worked to create "a healthier, safer, and more sustainable food world" in several different fields. The list the Foundation has assembled is eclectic. A few winners are globally famous: Michelle Obama, Alice Waters, the urban farmer Will Allen. But there are also several less-well-known representatives of mainstream corporate culture and grassroots organizations.

The 10 Leadership Awards will be given out at a gala dinner. Tickets to the event cost $1000.

Click through below to find out the winners.

James Beard Foundation Leadership Awards