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2024 James Beard Awards

Nominate your favorite Columbus chef or restaurant by Nov. 30.

Columbus is a rising culinary city. Our chefs and restaurants are making headlines in publications like Food & Wine, Forbes and Bon Appétit. Help our food scene get the national recognition it deserves by nominating your favorite Columbus chef or restaurant for one of the most prestigious honors a restaurant or chef can receive—a James Beard Award. Nominations are due by Thursday, Nov. 30.


Suggested Chefs & Restaurants



Here are some of the local chefs and restaurants we are supporting nominations for. Add your voice by nominating one of these chefs—or any of the many other Columbus chefs and restaurants deserving of this national recognition. Keep reading to learn how to nominate them and more about each chef and their community impact. 

Best New Restaurant:

Best Chef: Great Lakes:

Emerging Chef:

Outstanding Restaurant:

Outstanding Wine and Other Beverages Program:

Outstanding Bakery:

Outstanding Pastry Chef:

Outstanding Restaurateur:



How to Nominate Someone



Anyone can nominate a chef or restaurant for a 2024 award. In addition to simple questions about you and the chef/restaurant you are nominating, the entry form primarily includes two main questions—why are you recommending the chef and restaurant and what impact do they have. The impact statement aims to see if the chef/restaurant aligns with the James Beard Foundation’s values of equity, transparency, respect, integrity, and community. You can learn more about each of our suggested chefs and restaurants and how their work aligns to the foundation’s values below. Submissions to the two questions can be done via a written response or a video message.

Meet the Chefs & Restaurants