Most recently, Young has become the 2022 recipient of the Julia Child Award. The Julia Child award is given annually to a group or individual who has made a profound difference in how Americans cook, eat, and drink. It is no wonder that Grace Young would receive this award, as her impact on American food culture is untenable, and in a fun coincidence, Young and Child met prior to Child’s 2004 death.
Of her recent award, Young had this to say:
“My career has been grounded in the preservation and elevation of Chinese culinary traditions. My love of cooking was influenced by Julia Child at such a young age, and I’m so grateful to have been honored with this year’s Julia Child Award. It all has come full circle. Similar to how Julia brought appreciation of French cuisine into millions of homes across the country, I’ve crafted accessible and comforting traditional dishes that uplift Chinese cuisine and culture. There has never been a more important time than now to honor your heritage, and creating dishes like the Spicy Ginger Chicken with Red Pepper and Bok Choy brings awareness to how influential Chinese culinary traditions are to the fabric of American society. I plan on using the grant from the Julia Child Award to support Chinatown legacy restaurants to feed those in need.”