Good bread is the most fundamentally satisfying of all foods; and good bread with fresh butter, the greatest of feasts.

- James Beard


The James Beard Foundation Awards are annual awards presented by the James Beard Foundation to recognize culinary professionals in the United States, sometimes called the "Oscars" of the food world. The awards recognize chefs, restaurateurs, authors and journalists each year, scheduled around James Beard’s May 5th birthday. The media awards are presented at a dinner in New York City; the chef and restaurant awards were also presented in New York until 2015, when the Foundation’s annual gala moved to Chicago. Chicago will continue to host the Awards through 2027.The awards were established in 1990, when the Foundation expanded its chef awards and combined them with Cook's Magazine's Who's Who of American Cooking and French's Food and Beverage Book Awards. In addition to the chef, restaurant, and book awards, journalism awards were added in 1993, which expanded to broadcast media in 1994, and restaurant design awards were first given in 1995. The Who's Who of Food and Beverage in America awards were retired after 2018.The awards are voted on by more than 600 culinary professionals, including previous award winners. Recipients receive a medallion etched with the image of James Beard and a certificate from the Foundation. (Wikipedia)