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Video: A look at James Beard Lifetime Achievement Award winner Patrick O'Connell

The chef and owner opened the Inn at Little Washington out of a converted garage in Virginia

Among the winners at this year's James Beard Foundation Awards gala in Chicago on Monday was Patrick O'Connell, the Lifetime Achievement Award honoree. The prestigious title is given to a "person in the industry whose lifetime body of work has had a positive and long-lasting impact on the way we eat, cook, and think about food in America."

The James Beard Foundation recognized O'Connell, a self-taught chef and Washington, D.C., native, for his work in starting the movement of refined, regional American cuisine in Virginia, long before the term "farm-to-table" even existed. 

O'Connell opened Inn at Little Washington out of a converted garage in rural Washington, Va., in 1978. The restaurant now holds three Michelin stars and has a long history of awards and accolades spanning four decades.

See a clip of O'Connell's acceptance speech:

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