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2022 James Beard Awards: New Criteria for More Accessibility

2022 James Beard Awards: New Criteria for More Accessibility

Expanded categories and a new Awards mission reflect James Beard Foundation’s goal to create a more inclusive and accessible program.

The James Beard Foundation (JBF) announced the entry and recommendation period for the 2022 James Beard Awards is officially open. The deadline for submitting entries (Media Awards) and recommendations (Restaurant and Chef Awards and Leadership Awards) is Tues., Nov. 30, 2021, at 11:59 p.m. ET.

The JBF announced in August 2020 it would not be handing out Awards in 2021 while the program underwent an internal and external review of policies and procedures, ensuring a more transparent, accessible, and equitable process for future James Beard Awards. As a result of the recommendations, the JBF made a number of changes to Awards policies and procedures—and to some of its categories— centered around the organization’s mission to celebrate, support, and elevate the people behind America’s food culture. The changes were made to address systemic bias, increase the diversity of the voting body, and make the Awards more accessible to more communities.

"We are thrilled to announce the call for entry for the 2022 James Beard Awards, with a strengthened commitment toward celebrating the rich diversity of our industry,” said Dawn Padmore, vice president of Awards. “In light of all the challenges faced since the pandemic, we look forward to returning to the stage, recognizing excellence, and championing an industry where everyone has the opportunity to reach their highest potential.”

The James Beard Awards’ mission is to recognize exceptional talent and achievement in the culinary arts, hospitality, media, and broader food system, as well as a demonstrated commitment to racial and gender equity, community, sustainability, and a culture where all can thrive. For more than 30 years, the annual James Beard Awards have provided national acclaim and recognition of restaurants, food and beverage professionals, authors, journalists, broadcast media, and others in the food ecosystem.

The JBF Awards consist of five separate recognition programs and two special achievement awards: Media Awards (Book, Broadcast Media, and Journalism); Restaurant and Chef Awards; Leadership Awards; Lifetime Achievement; and Humanitarian of the Year Awards.

Click here for more information about the updated award criteria and award categories.

Photo courtesy of the James Beard Foundation.