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Awards Weekend Digital Program

Follow along with all of the Media, Leadership, and Restaurant and Chef ceremonies, the nominees, and Awards session panels via the James Beard Awards weekend digital program. Please note the program is formatted for mobile phones.

The Awards were broadcast live via the James Beard Foundation’s Twitter feed.

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Awards Ceremonies

Saturday, June 11, 2022 
James Beard Media Awards Ceremony

Columbia College Chicago

Sunday, June 12, 2022
Leadership Awards Ceremony

Invite-only Luncheon

Monday, June 13, 2022
Restaurant and Chef Awards Ceremony

Lyric Opera of Chicago


Awards Sessions: A Series of Panel Discussions

All sessions take place at Kendall College at National Louis University, 2nd Floor Atrium, 122 S Michigan Avenue.

Saturday, June 11, 2022

10:30-11:15am CST
Storytelling - From the Kitchen to Food Media

Kendall College of Culinary Arts and Hospitality Management at National Louis University
This panel will discuss what it takes to transition from the kitchen to food media, including translating your culinary skills into content. Moderated by Jamila Robinson, Editor, Philadelphia Inquirer, James Beard Journalism Awards Committee Chair.

Moderated by Jamila Robinson (Editor, Philadelphia Inquirer; James Beard Journalism Awards Committee Chair), panelists will include members of the culinary and food media industries. The panelists include Rochelle Brown (Co-Owner and Executive Producer, Powerhouse Productions; 2022 Broadcast Media Award nominee); Hsiao-Ching Chou (Cookbook Author; Editor and Writer; James Beard Book Awards Committee Chair); Joe Yonan (Food and Dining Editor, The Washington Post; 2022 Book Awards Nominee) and Ken Rubin (Chief Culinary Officer, Rouxbe; James Beard Broadcast Media Awards Committee Co-Chair).

Saturday, June 11, 2022

1:30-2:30pm CST
Taking Up Space: What does it mean to take up space and to share it in the culinary and food media industries?

Kendall College at National Louis University
A discussion among industry colleagues that will dive into how  to “take space” and share that space with others  in the culinary industry. Panelists will share what their industry experience has been, and what changes they may have made, as well as both missed and fulfilled opportunities in creating space for others.

Moderated by Colleen Vincent (VP of Community, James Beard Foundation), panelists include Kristi Brown (Communion, 2022 James Beard Restaurant and Chef Awards Semifinalist), Diana Davila Boldin (Mi Tocaya Antojería, 2022 James Beard Restaurant and Chef Awards Semifinalist), Cynthia Graubart (James Beard Award Winning Cookbook Author; James Beard Broadcast Media Awards Committee Co-Chair; Culinary Television Producer), Nikki Miller-Ka (Writer and Blogger, Nik Snacks; James Beard Restaurant and Chef Awards Committee Member), Jamila Robinson (Philadelphia Inquirer; James Beard Journalism Awards Chair)

Saturday June 11, 2022

2:45–3:30 P.M. CST
Conversations about Equity, Food Justice and Leadership
Kendall College at National Louis University
A panel discussion around equity, food justice and leadership in the culinary community, featuring 2022 James Beard Leadership Awards recipients. Moderated by Duskie Estes, Black Pig Meat Co., and Awards Committee member. Special welcome remarks by Lakisha May (Artist and Advocate, Leadership Awards Committee Co-Vice Chair). Panelists include: Irene Li (Co-Founder, Mei Mei Dumplings and Prepshift), Mónica Ramírez (Founder and President, Justice for Migrant Women, Mavis-Jay Sanders, Director of Culinary Development and Education, Drive Change), Diana Wu (Understory Oakland)

Sunday, June 12, 2022

1:30-2:30 P.M. CST
The Abundance Setting X Andrew Friedman: Women’s Advancement

Kendall College at National Louis University
For generations, motherhood has been one of the most persistent obstacles to a career in hospitality. Working hours that are incompatible with the demands of childcare; unforgiving schedules that, regardless of what the law dictates, stigmatize maternity leave; and wages and benefits that often don’t provide enough to sustain a family. Is it any wonder that becoming a mom is often the same decision that removes a valued contributor from the pro kitchen or dining room? This panel discussion features a cross-section of industry professionals who will offer specific, actionable suggestions for how working mothers, employers, and coworkers can collaborate to make motherhood—and more broadly, parenthood—a non-issue for hospitality workers, keep these employees in the jobs they love, and in the process help stem the tide of an ever-dwindling workforce.

Panelists Beverly Kim (Parachute and Wherewithall), Jason Hammel (Lula Cafe), Claudette Zepeda (VAGA Restaurant/San Diego) and Sarah Stegner (Prairie Grass Cafe) are confirmed. Author and journalist Andrew Friedman will moderate and will air audio of the event on his industry podcast Andrew Talks to Chefs.

Sunday, June 12, 2022

3:00-4:15 P.M. CST
A Chef’s Retrospective

National Louis University

Chandra Ram (Food Editorial Director, Food & Wine and Journalism Awards Committee Vice Chair) will moderate the panel. Panelists include Paul Kahan, (Three-time James Beard Award-Winning Chef; Chef and Partner, One Off Hospitality Group), Carrie Nahabedian (2008 James Beard Restaurant and Chef Award Winner, Best Chef: Great Lakes; Chef/Owner, Brindille) and Marcus Samuelsson (Six-time James Beard Award-Winning Chef, Author, and Restaurateur). This discussion will center around the careers, experiences, and anecdotes of renowned chefs, and how their journeys differ from one another. 

A Day of Service: Greater Chicago Food Depository x James Beard Foundation  

Saturday, June 11, 2022
Check In: 8:45 A.M. Session Start: 9:00 A.M. – 11:15 A.M.
Location: Greater Food Depository - 4100 W Ann Lurie Pl, Chicago, IL 60632

The James Beard Foundation is pleased to partner with the Greater Chicago Food Depository for a day of service, during the 2022 James Beard Awards weekend, making time to give back to the greater Chicago area.  The Food Depository is Cook County’s local food bank and will be allowing us to volunteer through one of their “Repacking Sessions", which will include putting large quantities of bulk food into packages that individuals and families can use as well as repacking bulk products such as pasta or rice to individual/family portions, assembling boxes with assorted food, checking expiration dates, labeling products and gleaning produce.

  • Dress Code: Shirts that cover shoulders, pants to the ankles, and fully enclosed shoes.
  • Covid Protocols: The Greater Chicago Food Depository requires proof of vaccination to volunteer. The James Beard Foundation recommends wearing masks, unless actively eating or drinking
  • Directions/Parking: The facility is just northwest of the intersection of Pulaski and West Ann Lurie Place (formerly 42nd Place), between Karlov and Keeler Avenues and it is easily accessible from the Stevenson Expressway. Volunteers are welcome to park in the facility parking lot, and rideshare vehicles are able to pull in to drop volunteers off at the front door as well. For visitors taking public transit, the 53A (South Pulaski) bus stop at Ann Lurie Place is located one block east of the Food Depository. The Pulaski Orange Line station is located one mile south of the Food Depository.
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A Day of Service: Urban Growers Collective x James Beard Foundation

Monday, June 13, 2022
10:00 A.M. – 12:00 P.M.
Location 1: South Chicago Farm, 9000 S. Mackinaw Avenue 
Location 2: Grant Park Farm, 119 E Congress Pkwy 

Come help this year’s James Beard Leadership Award winner with seeding and planting at their urban farms. Urban Growers Collective (UGC) is a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization that was co-founded by Laurell Sims and Erika Allen in 2017. Working closely with community partners, our approach is to demonstrate the development of community-based food systems and support communities in developing systems of their own where food is grown, prepared, and distributed within the community.

  • COVID-19 Protocols: Masks are required regardless of vaccination status.    

Hotels for Awards Weekend

All hotel room block cutoff dates have now passed. 


Maintaining a safe and healthy environment for our guests, chefs, and staff members to experience our events is a top priority of the James Beard Foundation. In order to attend any 2022 James Beard Awards events in Chicago during the weekend of June 11-13, proof of vaccination or a negative COVD-19 test is required. To check the eligibility of your vaccination status, please visit the CDC’s webpage. 

You may show the following as proof of vaccination at check-in at all James Beard Awards event: a photo or hard copy of your COVID-19 vaccine card, a CLEAR digital vaccine card, a CLEAR Health Pass, or another digital copy of your vaccination record showing at least two doses administered.

A COVID-19 test must be taken within 48 hours (if PCR/NAAT) or 24 hours (if antigen) of the start time of any James Beard Awards event and results must be from a laboratory, healthcare/test provider, or a patient platform for a healthcare/test provider. Please note: a COVID-19 self-test, sometimes referred to as “home test,” will not be accepted.

Face coverings are welcome when guests are not actively eating or drinking. 

Thank you for your continued understanding and compliance with these measures for your safety and the safety of those around you.


Interested in becoming an event volunteer? Please fill out the form here.