Hamissi Mamba talks to customers at his restaurant, Baobab Fare, Friday, May 24, 2024, in Detroit. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio)

The nominees cover a diverse range of cuisine and chef experience, a recent shift following turbulent, pandemic-era years for the James Beard Foundation. The most-anticipated categories include awards for outstanding restaurateur, chef and restaurant.

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James Beard Foundation Promotes Food Education, Excellence

The James Beard Foundation is bringing its annual restaurant and chef awards to Chicago. Susan Ungaro, the foundation's president, visits Chicago Tonight to talk about Chicago's culinary scene, fine dining, and the food industry's appeal to mainstream media.

Winners of the James Beard Foundation Awards were announced last week and Chicago’s chefs, restaurants earned four top honors. Beard winners Dave Beran and Jimmy Bannos Jr., join us tonight. 

The James Beard Foundation has whet the appetite of several Chicago eateries. The Foundation, which gives the culinary equivalent of the Oscars, is naming its semifinalists for this year's awards.