JBF Professional Members

professional members

James Beard mentored a generation of chefs and food writers, leaving behind a legacy of culinary excellence that JBF members help preserve. Don’t miss out! Connect with world’s most influential tastemakers and become a JBF Professional.

Become a Professional Member!


As a JBF Food & Beverage Professional, you’ll receive:

JBF Community

Professional members belong to an elite community, the cream of the crop of the food and beverage industry. Membership in the JBF facilitates networking. Chefs gain exposure by cooking at the Beard House and special Foundation celebrations.

Professional Directory
We are currently redesigning the Professional Directory. Please contact membership@jamesbeard.org with any inquiries. 

Professional members are eligible for inclusion in the JBF Professional Directory. Filled with contact information for thousands of chefs, restaurateurs, cookbook editors, magazine publishers, and other industry professionals, this invaluable resource will help you connect with others who share your passion and drive for all things culinary.

* Students may view the directory online, but are not included in the listing.

Professional Development

Attend a master class on sushi making or a conference on Chinese culinary culture. JBF educational programs bring the best and brightest together for unique learning opportunities geared to professionals and serious enthusiasts.

Public Recognition

Log onto jamesbeard.org to download a JBF Seal for display on your website and let others know about your affiliation with the country’s most important culinary organization.

Dining Discounts

Dining at the Beard House gives you another opportunity to network with chefs and other industry professionals. As a JBF Professional you’ll receive member prices (a significant discount) for two people at all Foundation events, including the annual James Beard Foundation Awards.

JBF Notes

A members-only bimonthly newsletter not available on newsstands at any price. You’ll read the latest food and wine news and get fascinating behind-the-scenes insights tailored to food lovers and professionals. Plus interviews with other industry professionals, articles on important food matters, restaurant recommendations, and more.

JBF Events

A bimonthly printed program containing menus and event information for the more than 250 events annually at the James Beard House and around the country.


A monthly electronic publication that gives three months’ advance notice of JBF events. A benefit for Professional members, Previews will arrive in your inbox at the end of each month.

Beard Bites

A members-only version of our biweekly electronic newsletter with event news, definitions of unusual culinary terms, city-based news about restaurants and chefs, feature articles, and more.

JBF Online

Access to the members-only section of jamesbeard.org, where you’ll find the latest JBF Awards news, the Professional Directory (currently under construction), an international restaurant directory, up-to-the-minute food world news, an exclusive archive of James Beard and JBF award-winning chefs’ recipes, and more.

JBF Membership Card

Show the world you’re passionate about your craft and committed to America’s culinary renaissance.

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Want to join at a higher level? Learn about the other levels of membership offered by the James Beard Foundation.