The United States Postal Service will issue stamps honoring five celebrity chefs on 26th September 2014. These stamps spotlights James Beard, Julia Child, Joyce Chen, Edna Lewis and Felipe Rojas-Lombardi.
“These chefs expanded United States collective palates and refined American kitchens, with many people across the nation tapping into the techniques and flavors that they introduced,” explained Susan McGowan, the USPS director for stamp services and corporate licensing. This is the first time that chefs will appear on postage, but food-related stamps have been used in the past to send mail. Each of the new chef stamps was digitally illustrated in a style intended to resemble oil paintings. The selvage (what philatelists — that is, stamp collectors — call the white border on a sheet of stamps) represents a white china plate resting on a fine linen tablecloth.