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January 6, 2020 3:23pm

Greater Louisville Inc. Announces Food Network Star and Louisville Ambassador Chef Damaris Phillips Will Receive 2020 Edison Award

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (January 6, 2020) – Greater Louisville Inc. is proud to present the Thomas A. Edison Award, to celebrity chef Damaris Phillips at the upcoming Annual Meeting, presented by Baird, on Thurs., Jan. 23. This year the award is sponsored by Jefferson Community and Technical College and the Kentucky Community and Technical College System.

The Thomas A. Edison Award was created in 2001 to recognize an outstanding former Louisville resident who has successfully pursued their career while keeping this community close to their heart.  It is designed to celebrate these leaders and recognize the widespread impact this region has had on the world.

“GLI recognizes chef Damaris Phillips as a global ambassador for Louisville’s unique culinary scene, which has a locally made, farm-to-table focus influenced by culinary adventure and the diverse neighborhood flavors of Vietnamese, Italian, French and Korean cuisines,” said Kent Oyler, president and CEO of GLI. “We are very proud of chef Phillips and we look forward to honoring her later this month at our Annual Meeting.”

Damaris Phillips is a celebrity chef who can currently be seen on the Food Network co-hosting The Bobby and Damaris Show with Bobby Flay and Southern & Hungry with Rutledge Wood. As the 2013 winner of Food Network Star, she impressed judges with her fresh take on Southern cuisine and won over the audience with her impeccable charm. She then went on to host her own show, Southern at Heart, for five seasons. Damaris can also be seen on several other shows on the network, including Guy’s Grocery Games, Kids BBQ Championship, Cooks vs. Cons, Bakers vs. Fakers, Celebrity Food Fight, and others.

A Louisville native, Phillips graduated from Jefferson Community and Technical College with a degree in culinary arts. One of five kids, Damaris learned to cook at an early age and was responsible for cooking one night a week for her large family. Damaris uses her wit and her updated take on Southern cuisine to pack a one-two punch in the kitchen.  Her first cookbook, Southern Girl Meets Vegetarian Boy was released by Abrams Books in October 2017.

Phillips uses the national stage to highlight her hometown. Her role in the national and local culinary scene and willingness to share the flavors of our region with the world personifies the Thomas A. Edison award.

Unlike some awards, the Thomas A. Edison Award is not automatically presented each year. Rather, it is awarded in recognition of extraordinary achievement and commitment to our community. Past winners include Chef Edward Lee, Charles Brewer, Founder of Mindspring Enterprises, Joan Herbig, CEO, XcelleNet, Inc., Shelby Bonnie, Founder of CNET, Jeffrey R. Immelt, Chairman & CEO of GE, Joseph P. Clayton, Chairman, Sirius Satellite Radio, My Morning Jacket, Eleanor Griffin, Editor-in-Chief, Cottage Living Magazine, and Dean Fearing, Chef/Partner, Fearing’s Restaurant.

The Thomas A. Edison Award will be presented at GLI’s Annual Meeting, presented by Baird, on Thurs., Jan, 23 at 6 p.m. at the Kentucky International Convention Center located at 221 S. Fourth Street in Louisville. Delivering this year’s keynote will be Henry Timms, co-author of the international best seller New Power: How Anyone Can Persuade, Mobilize and Succeed in our Chaotic, Connected Age and founder of the #GivingTuesday movement. In his high-energy presentation, Timms will explain how the technological revolution has made possible surging new forms of civic, social and business power that operate quite differently from the leadership models of our past and present – models we must better understand to drive success across greater Louisville.

Members of the media are welcome to attend and cover Annual Meeting, but must register in advance by emailing Marketing and Communications Director Ameerah Palacios at apalacios@greaterlouisville.com.

Annual Meeting is open to the public as well. To register, visit www.greaterlouisville.com/events.

About Greater Louisville Inc.

Greater Louisville Inc. (GLI) - the Metro Chamber of Commerce is focused on growing the regional economy. As the region’s largest convener of business leadership, GLI leads economic and global outreach strategies focused on business attraction, nurtures the entrepreneurial eco-system, and champions the development of the community’s talent base. As the voice of Greater Louisville’s business community, GLI advocates for a pro-business environment and facilitates businesses engagement on issues that impact regional competitiveness. GLI is the 2019 national Chamber of the Year and is one of only three percent of chambers nationally certified with 5-star accreditation status by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, based on GLI’s dedicated policy efforts, effective operations, beneficial programs and overall positive community impact. Learn about our investor benefits and connect with us on Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn using @GLIchamber or visit www.greaterlouisville.com.