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The 2022 James Beard Awards Invites You to Gather for Good

Awards dates, host announcements, and more

JBF Editors

March 03, 2022


Today, we announce our full ceremony schedule for the 2022 James Beard Awards® presented by Capital One. For the first time, all award ceremonies will be held in Chicago for an exciting weekend of events and opportunities to mingle with peers in the culinary industry and food media, from Saturday, June 11 through Monday, June 13. The theme of this year’s Awards is “Gather for Good.” 

“We are truly excited to be holding the Awards again this year after two years of unremitting challenge for our industry, and after a fundamental overhaul of the awards program,” said Clare Reichenbach, Chief Executive Officer, James Beard Foundation. “This year’s Awards offer a wonderful opportunity to gather as a community, look to the future and celebrate those leading the way.”  

“The theme, Gather for Good, is inspired by our celebration of excellence, community, and gathering together with food as our common ground,” said Dawn Padmore, Vice President of Awards, James Beard Foundation. “We will strive to continue sharing stories that comprise our collective community,” she adds.

Kicking off the celebratory weekend on Saturday, June 11 is the James Beard Media Awards ceremony that will be hosted by Lisa Ling, journalist, author, and host and Executive Producer of the new series Take Out on HBO Max. The Media Awards will honor the nation’s top cookbook authors, food and beverage broadcast producers, hosts, podcasters, and food journalists and will take place on the campus of Columbia College Chicago. 

Festivities continue on Sunday, June 12 with the Leadership Awards ceremony and luncheon hosted by author and activist Bryant Terry. Taking place at The Dalcy in Chicago’s West Loop, Terry, a 2015 James Beard Leadership Award Honoree® and Chef-In-Residence at the Museum of the African Diaspora (MoAD) in San Francisco, will help recognize honorees who are creating a healthier safer, more equitable, and sustainable food system. 
The James Beard Restaurant and Chef Awards ceremony—hosted by actor, chef, author, and executive producer at Food & Wine Magazine, Kwame Onwuachiwill be held on Monday, June 13 at the Lyric Opera of Chicago. During the event, which is open to the public, awards for the Restaurant and Chef categories will be presented along with the special achievement awards of Humanitarian of the Year, Lifetime Achievement, and America’s Classics. 

“It is an honor for Chicago to host the James Beard Foundation Awards,” said Glenn Eden, Chair of the Choose Chicago Board of Directors. “The theme, Gather for Good, is at the heart of what the culinary arts bring to the world and what makes Chicago such a special place. We look forward to celebrating with the Foundation and awardees in June.”  

Restaurant and Chef Awards nominees, in addition to honorees for Leadership, Lifetime Achievement, and Humanitarian of the Year Awards will be revealed on Wednesday, March 16 in Scottsdale, AZ. Nominees for the James Beard Foundation Media Awards will be announced on Wednesday, April 27 at an in-person event in New York City.

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The James Beard Awards are Presented by Capital One

Presented In Association with: Chicago Department of Aviation

Premier Sponsors: American Airlines and S.Pellegrino® Sparkling Natural Mineral Water

Supporting Sponsors: Skuna Bay Salmon and Valrhona

Reception Sponsors: EcolabKendall College, and Windstar Cruises

Broadcast Partner: Intersport

Proud Hosts: Choose Chicago and Illinois Restaurant Association

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