James Beard Foundation Promotes Food Education, Excellence

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Photo by Susie Cushner

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.

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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. 

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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.