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Countdown to the 2023 Awards Weekend

How to tune in!

Maggie Borden

June 01, 2023


Chef Erick Williams high fives a man in a blue suit in the audience of the 2022 James Beard Awards as he approaches the stage to accept his award
Photo: Clay Williams

There's just a few days until the 2023 James Beard Awards presented by Capital One, and we’re thrilled to announce a stellar lineup of hosts and presenters for this exciting weekend. The Awards Weekend—including the Media Awards, Leadership Awards, and Restaurant and Chef Awards ceremonies, as well as ancillary event programming—will take place June 3-5 in Chicago. Check out the highlights below, and see the full schedule plus lists of nominees and winners on our website:

Planning to join us virtually? Don't miss all of the action from the main stage at the Media Awards to the Restaurant and Chef Awards red carpet and ceremony! Tune into our livestreams for both ceremonies and share your excitement by tagging us on Instagram @beardfoundation and using the hashtags #jbfa #goodfoodforgood!

2023 Media Awards Livestream
Saturday, June 3 at 6:00 P.M. ET / 5:00 P.M. CT.

2023 Restaurant and Chef Awards Livestream
Monday, June 5 at 6:30 P.M. ET / 5:30 P.M. CT.

Saturday, June 3
The James Beard Media Awards
Columbia College Chicago

The Media Awards honor the nation’s top cookbook authors, food and beverage broadcast producers, hosts, podcasters, and food journalists. This year’s ceremony will be hosted by multiple James Beard Award–winning chef and television host Pati Jinich. Featured presenters include Wait, Wait, Don’t Tell Me! Host Peter Sagal and 2022 James Beard Media Award winners Sophia Roe and Hawa Hassan.


Sunday, June 4
The James Beard Leadership Awards
The Dalcy

The Leadership Awards recognize those who are creating a healthier, safer, and more equitable and sustainable food system. This invite-only luncheon and ceremony will be hosted by multiple James Beard Award winner Dr. Jessica B. Harris, and will feature presenters like James Beard Award winners Sean Sherman and Michael Twitty.  


Monday, June 5
The James Beard Restaurant and Chef Awards
Lyric Opera of Chicago

The Restaurant and Chef Awards celebrate culinary excellence across a range of experiences, from fine-dining establishments to casual gems, and emerging talents to established leaders. Co-hosted by Eric Adjepong, Esther Choi, Gail Simmons, and Andrew Zimmern, this year’s ceremony features presenters such as Aarón Sánchez, Monti Carlo, and 2022 James Beard Award winners Mashama Bailey, Erick Williams, Chris Bianco, and more.

Want a full serving of the James Beard Awards? We’ve also got panels and meetups all weekend long at Kendall College:


Saturday, June 3
1:30 to 3:00 P.M. CT 
Food Access and Sustainable Communities

A sustainable community is defined by its ability to manage its human, natural, and financial capital to meet current needs while ensuring adequate resources for future generations. Equitable Food access is a key feature of this model, but what happens when the human capital is unable to sustain itself? In this discussion, chefs and activists address this challenge, what drives it, and their own solutions towards a better future while investing in the present. Moderated by JBF vice president of Community Colleen Vincent and featuring panelists Rick Bayless, Maya-Camille Broussard, Brandon Chrostowski, Valerie Horn, Justin Pioche, Sarah Welch and Erick Williams.

Saturday, June 3
3:15 to 4:00 P.M. CT (Cocktail reception to follow)
The Abundance Setting x JBF Panel: Who’s Watching the Kids?

The panel’s title is a question that perhaps working moms get more than working dads. This conversation will provide a look behind the scenes at how chefs and restaurateurs are handling the challenges, the tradeoffs, and stigma around the topic. Moderated by Beverly Kim and Sarah Stegner and featuring panelists Diana Dávila, Becca Grothe, Mary Sue Milliken, Amanda Schulman, and Erick Williams.

Monday, June 5
10:00 to 11:00 A.M. CT 
JBF Chef Advocacy Meet-Up

Whether you've been working on a compost program or higher wages for your community, advocating for SNAP expansion, the Justice for Black Farmers Act, or other Farm Bill efforts at the federal level, or needing some inspiration to better use your voice and platform for issues you care about, come share your advocacy stories—and questions—with friends and colleagues. This informal meet-up is an opportunity to share successes and challenges with others and be energized anew around the collective power of chefs, in a perfect combination of networking and action.


Get to know the 2023 James Beard Award nominees and honorees before we announce the winners this weekend:
> Media Award nominees
> Leadership Award winners
> Restaurant and Chef nominees, including the honorees for Humanitarian of the Year and Lifetime Achievement
> America's Classics winners

Learn more about the full schedule and get your tickets.

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