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. The 2020 James Beard Award Restaurant and Chef Award winners will be announced on Friday, September 25 at 6:30 p.m. CT.

As the nature of the COVID-19 pandemic continues to evolve and the extreme negative impacts spread across the country, this year the ceremony will be broadcast live via Twitter from the host city of Chicago, with presenters and surprise guests from across the country joining remotely. We are sensitive to the dire situation the restaurant industry is in, and know that an online awards event is the best way to prioritize the health and well-being of our communities.

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