Honoring Culinary Professionals and Food Journalists

By Jorge Martinez
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Culinary professionals across the United States to be honored at the 27th Annual James Beard Awards


Culinary professionals across the United States will be honored as the James Beard Foundation is set for it’s 27th annual James Beard Awards.

The foundation – founded in 1986 – celebrates, encourages, and honors chefs and other leaders making America’s food culture more flavorful, diverse, and sustainable for everyone.

Selected from a list of over 24,000 online entries, the group of semifinalists in 21 categories represents a wide range of culinary talent, from exceptional chefs and dining destinations in ten different regions across the U.S., to the nation’s top wine and spirits professionals, best new restaurants, rising star chefs, pastry chefs, and bakers. You can see this year’s full semifinalist list online at jamesbeard.org/awards.

On Wednesday, March 15, 2017, the Foundation will announce the final nominees for all award categories during a press conference at A.O.C. restaurant in Los Angeles, California. Nominations will also be announced live via the Foundation’s Facebook Live video feed at facebook.com/beardfoundation and in real time on Twitter at twitter.com/beardfoundation.

Winners of the 2017 James Beard Media Awards will be announced on Tuesday, April 25, 2017, at an exclusive event honoring the nation’s top cookbook authors, culinary broadcast producers and hosts, and food journalists at Pier Sixty at Chelsea Piers in New York City.

Winners of the remaining awards will be announced at the James Beard Foundation Awards Gala at the Lyric Opera of Chicago on Monday, May 1, 2017. During the event, which is open to the public, awards for the Restaurant and Chef and Restaurant Design categories will be handed out, along with special achievement awards Humanitarian of the Year, Lifetime Achievement, Design Icon, Who’s Who of Food and Beverage in America, and America’s Classics. A gala reception will immediately follow, featuring top chefs and beverage professionals from across the country.

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