May 4, 2020
Lyric Opera House

The James Beard Awards, dubbed “the Oscars of the food world” by Time magazine, celebrates the best and brightest culinary professionals in America. The 30th annual James Beard Awards Gala will be held on May 4, 2020 at Chicago’s Lyric Opera House.

Throughout the weekend — the social highlight of the year for the culinary industry — the city welcomes nearly 2,000 of the country’s top chefs, restaurateurs, food media, and culinary enthusiasts. Chicago is proud to hosts the awards through 2027.

Learn more about the James Beard Awards.

James Beard Awards at the Lyric Opera
Photo by Clay Williams

Congratulations to the 2019 Chicago James Beard award winners!

Best Chef: Great Lakes — Beverly Kim and Johnny Clark of Parachute
Outstanding Restaurateur — Kevin Boehm and Rob Katz of Boka Restaurant Group
Outstanding Baker — Greg Wade of Publican Quality Bread
Outstanding Restaurant Design —  Pacific Standard Time​

Beverly Kim and her husband with their James Beard Award
Photo by Galdones Photography
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Chicago 2019 James Beard award nominees

Best Chef: Great Lakes
Diana Dávila, Mi Tocaya Antojeria
Jason Hammel, Lula Cafe
Beverly Kim and Johnny Clark, Parachute
David Posey and Anna Posey, Elske
Noah Sandoval, Oriole
Lee Wolen, Boka

Outstanding Restaurateur
Kevin Boehm and Rob Katz, Boka Restaurant Group

Rising Star Chef of the Year
Alisha Elenz, MFK

Outstanding Pastry Chef
Meg Galus, Boka

Outstanding Baker
Greg Wade, Publican Quality Bread

Outstanding Wine Program

Outstanding Bar Program
Lost Lake

Outstanding Restaurant Design (over 76 seats)
Pacific Standard Time

Outstanding Restaurant Design (under 75 seats)
Lonesome Rose

Best Beverage Book
The Aviary Cocktail Book by Grant Achatz

Best Single Subject Cookbook
Korean BBQ: Master Your Grill in Seven Sauces by Bill Kim