As the nature of the COVID-19 pandemic continues to evolve and the extreme negative impacts spread across the country, the James Beard Foundation has decided that all events through December 2020 will be conducted virtually.

The James Beard Award broadcast will be on Friday, September 25 at 6:30 P.M. CT. 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.

This decision aligns with the Foundation’s Open for Good campaign, which focuses on helping restaurants survive the COVID-19 crisis, and safely build back more equitable, more sustainable, and more resilient than ever. The campaign also prioritizes the implementation of our recommended Safety First protocols and best practices to minimize the spread of the COVID-19 virus. 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.

Updates regarding the Awards will be posted regularly to jamesbeard.org/awards and on our social channels (@beardfoundation on Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook using the hashtag #JBFA).

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