The James Beard Awards, dubbed “the Oscars of the food world” by Time magazine, celebrates the best and brightest culinary professionals in America. The 29th annual James Beard Awards Gala will be held on May 4, 2020 at Chicago’s Civiv 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.
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
Chicago 2019 James Beard award nominees
Kevin Boehm and Rob Katz, Boka Restaurant Group
Rising Star Chef of the Year
Alisha Elenz, MFK
Outstanding Pastry Chef
Meg Galus, Boka
Greg Wade, Publican Quality Bread
Outstanding Wine Program
Outstanding Bar Program
Outstanding Restaurant Design (over 76 seats)
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Outstanding Restaurant Design (under 75 seats)
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