The 2019 James Beard Awards took place on Monday, May 6, 2019, at the Lyric Opera of Chicago. Awards for Restaurant, Chef and Restaurant Design were handed out, along with special achievement awards that include Humanitarian of the Year, Lifetime Achievement, Design Icon and America’s Classics. Four awards for restaurant design were handed out. They were:
Design Icon: Canlis, Seattle
Established in 1990, the James Beard Awards recognize culinary professionals for excellence and achievement in their fields and further the foundation’s mission to celebrate, nurture, and honor chefs and other leaders making America’s food culture more delicious, diverse and sustainable for everyone. Each award category has an individual committee made up of industry professionals who volunteer their time to oversee the policies, procedures and selection of judges for their respective awards programs. All James Beard Award winners receive a certificate and a medallion engraved with the James Beard Foundation Awards insignia.