Sept. 25, 2020

The James Beard Awards, dubbed “the Oscars of the food world” by Time magazine, celebrates the best and brightest culinary professionals in America. This year’s winners will be announced from Chicago on Sept. 25, 2020.

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

Learn more about the James Beard Awards.

Photo courtesy Boka

2020 James Beard Awards Chicago nominees

Best Chef: Great Lakes (IL, IN, MI, OH)
Jason Hammel, Lula Cafe
Gene Kato, Momotaro
Noah Sandoval, Oriole
John Shields and Karen Urie Shields, Smyth
Erick Williams, Virtue
Lee Wolen, Boka

Outstanding Bar Program
Lost Lake

Outstanding Wine Program
Spiaggia

Beverly Kim and her husband with their James Beard Award
Photo by Galdones Photography

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​

Attendees at the James Beard gala
Francis Son for the James Beard Foundation