James Beard Awards

Monday, May 6, 2019

The James Beard Awards, dubbed "the Oscars of the food world" by Time magazine, celebrates the best and brightest culinary professionals in America. Chicago is proud to hosts the awards through 2027.

The 29th annual James Beard Awards Gala will be held at the Civic Opera House on May 6, 2019. Over the weekend — the social highlight of the year for the culinary industry — Chicago will welcome nearly 2,000 of the country's top chefs, restaurateurs, food media, and culinary enthusiasts.

Congratulations to all the Chicago semi-finalists!

Outstanding Restaurant:
North Pond

Outstanding Chef:
Sarah Grueneberg, Monteverde

Monteverde Chef Sarah Grueneberg

Best Chef Great Lakes Region:
Thai Dang and Danielle Dang, HaiSous Vietnamese Kitchen
Diana Dávila, Mi Tocaya Antojería
Paul Fehribach, Big Jones
Jason Hammel, Lula Café
Brian Jupiter, Frontier
Beverly Kim and Johnny Clark, Parachute
Ethan Pikas, Cellar Door Provisions
David Posey and Anna Posey, Elske
Iliana Regan, Kitsune
Noah Sandoval, Oriole
Lee Wolen, Boka


Best New Restaurant:

Rising Star Chef of the Year:
Alisha Elenz, MFK

Outstanding Pastry Chef
Meg Glaus, Boka

Outstanding Baker:
Stephanie Hart, Brown Sugar Bakery
Greg Wade, Publican Quality Bread

Publican Bread

Outstanding Restaurateur
Rob Katz and Kevin Boehm, Boka Restaurant Group, Chicago (Boka, Girl & the Goat, Momotaro, and others)

Outstanding Bar Program:
Lost Lake

Outstanding Wine Program:
Income Tax

Outstanding Service
Birrieria Zaragoza
Gibsons Bar & Steakhouse

Learn more about the James Beard Awards

James Beard Eats Week

April 26 – May 6, 2019

Join Choose Chicago and the Illinois Restaurant Association in celebration of Chicago’s vibrant food scene during James Beard Eats Week. More than 100 Chicagoland restaurants will create customized dishes or menus inspired by the James Beard Foundation's namesake chef, a pioneer of American dining.

Now in its fifth year, James Beard Eats Week brings together the restaurant community and the public to celebrate the James Beard Awards weekend. Restaurants participating in Eats Week donate to the James Beard Foundation Scholarship Fund, which supports aspiring Chicago culinary students on a path to success in the hospitality industry. In 2018, Eats Week raised $13,900 for the scholarship program.

Check back soon for a list of participating restaurants and their menus/dishes.

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James Beard Foundation Greens events are for food lovers between the ages of 21 and 39. Greens get to discover the newest restaurants, chefs, and culinary trends, all while enjoying great food and drinks. Greens events take place at various locations throughout Chicago. Join the email list for information about upcoming events.