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The 2020 James Beard Restaurant and Chef Awards Postponed Until September

The media awards will take place in late May

The James Beard award medal, cast in bronze, with the likeness of James Beard surrounded with the words “James Beard Foundation Award for Excellence” against a black background. Getty/Victor Spinelli/WireImage
Hillary Dixler Canavan is Eater's restaurant editor and the author of the publication's debut book, Eater: 100 Essential Restaurant Recipes From the Authority on Where to Eat and Why It Matters (Abrams, September 2023). Her work focuses on dining trends and the people changing the industry — and scouting the next hot restaurant you need to try on Eater's annual Best New Restaurant list.

Today the James Beard Foundation announced plans for postponed awards ceremonies for both its 2020 restaurant and chef awards and its media awards programs.

The 2020 Restaurant and Chef Awards will take place on September 25, once again in Chicago. As of right now, the Foundation hasn’t confirmed the format of the event, but is presumably hoping for an in-person ceremony.

The 2020 Media Awards will take place online on May 27, covering cookbooks, broadcast media, and journalism.

Semifinalists were announced on Feb 27 and, within weeks, as the COVID-19 pandemic ravaged America’s restaurant community, the Foundation postponed its nominations announcements and it Awards gala (originally scheduled for today, May 4).

The finalist announcement is taking place right now on the Foundation’s Twitter account.