Although the James Beard Awards had been scheduled to air on May 5, 2020, the coronavirus pandemic has drastically altered the annual awards ceremony—which not only honors extraordinary chefs, but also celebrates cookbooks, food journalism, and restaurant design—and the foundation was forced to cancel the 30th anniversary fête, the first time the physical ceremony has been called off. COVID-19 may have upended the restaurant industry, but the James Beard Awards will still celebrate the exceptional work of the food industry from the past year. We covered the 2020 James Beard Award Nominees in February, but now the field has been narrowed down to the finalists.

Those in the running for best new restaurant include Verjus in San Francisco and Fox & the Knife in Boston. Zachary Golper of Bien Cuit in NYC and Maura Kilpatrick of Sofra Bakery in Cambridge are two of many nominated for outstanding baker. And many beloved cookbooks have been included too, like Joanne Chang’s “Pastry Love,” Carla Lalli Music’s “Where Cooking Begins: Uncomplicated Recipes to Make You a Great Cook,” and Amy Chaplins’ “Whole Food Cooking Every Day.”

Related Reading: The Best New Cookbooks for Spring 2020

Check out the rest of the final nominees here, and stay tuned for the winners, which are poised to be announced on two separate dates: the 2020 media awards will be released on May 27, 2020, while the restaurant and chef awards are being aimed for Sept. 25, 2020, broadcast from the James Beard Foundation’s Twitter feed. 

Amy Schulman is an associate editor at Chowhound. She is decidedly pro-chocolate.
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