The James Beard Foundation supports legislation and programs that help turn restaurant jobs into long and healthy careers, and expand who receives access to leadership, visibility, financial stability, and capital. Learn more about our policy priorities.

The James Beard Foundation’s Chef Bootcamp for Policy and Change was created in 2012 and is the foundation of our ongoing industry advocacy programs. Since March 2020, many Bootcamp alumni have put their advocacy training to work along with other industry leaders to urge policymakers to provide funding and create policies to keep restaurants open.  

Chef advocacy is an important arm of the James Beard Foundation. The voices of the community are more important and powerful than ever. For more information and updates sign up for the industry support newsletter

Chef Bootcamp for Policy and Change



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