Lonely Planet Writer

Chefs from Chicago, New York and New Orleans dominate James Beard Award nominees

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James Beard Awards to be held in Chicago this year. Image by Nick Harris / CC BY 2.0

The much anticipated James Beard Award nominees have been announced with chefs and restaurants in New York, Chicago and New Orleans dominating the list. The awards are considered the Oscars of the food world in the United States, and include categories such as Best Television Program and Food-Related Column, as well as the coveted Best New Restaurant and Outstanding Chef categories. This year there will be a new award for podcasts and visual and technical excellence in new media. Winners of each category will be announced on the 4th of May in Chicago; it is the first time the awards ceremony has not taken place in New York. Read more: forbes.com