The James Beard Foundation has been intimately associated with
But next year for the first time, the organization’s annual gala awards show, which some call the Academy Awards of food, will be taking its show on the road. Instead of its familiar
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"There is no greater honor for a restaurant than recognition with a Beard Foundation award, and there is no greater honor for Chicago's culinary community than the decision to host the awards here," Emanuel said in a statement.
Chicago restaurants and chefs have had a good run at the Beard Awards, taking home wins in various categories in 23 of the last 24 years. Four Chicago chefs have been selected outstanding chef of the year:
This year's outstanding chef was Mozza's Nancy Silverton, the first from Los Angeles since Wolfgang Puck tied for it in 1998.