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Open Call for Entry and Recommendations is closed for the 2022 Awards


The Open Call for Entries and Recommendations was open from October 12, 2021, at 9 A.M. EST. The deadline for all entries and recommendations will be November 30, 2021, at 11:59 P.M. EST. 

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.

Application Fees:
The Media Awards (Book, Broadcast Media, and Journalism) conduct an Open Call for Entries that require an entry fee of $75.00 per entry. In recognition of the additional time required to compose or record an alignment statement, we are extending the opportunity for Media Awards entrants who state a financial need to request a waived fee.

There is no fee to give a recommendation for the Restaurant and Chef Awards and Leadership Awards.

New to the Process - STATEMENT OF ALIGNMENT: 

  • Please review the Awards mission and the shared values of the James Beard Foundation. Our work and programming aim to support and elevate the people behind America’s food culture and to champion a standard of good food anchored in talent, equity, and sustainability.  
  • After you have reviewed the mission and six values below, please provide a short alignment statement that demonstrates how you or who you are writing on behalf of and/or your entered work aligns with these values and the mission stated below. 
  • Entrants and those submitting/recommending on behalf of a candidate may choose to highlight one or more of the demonstrated commitments of the Awards mission and are encouraged to write or speak in their own authentic words. For those submitting an entry or recommendation on behalf of the candidate, please complete the alignment statement as carefully and thoughtfully as possible to show why the submission should be considered by the voting body. The statement will be reviewed for content and alignment and not for fluency, video quality, or production value.

Statements can be submitted in the following formats:  

  • Written (up to 150 words)   
  • Audio (up to 60 seconds)   
  • Video (up to 60 seconds)  

Candidates’ alignment statements will be scored on a scale of 0-10 and will be taken into consideration when committees and judges are voting on all other Awards category criteria.  

Committees meet after the call for entry period closes to review the entries and recommendations, confirm eligibility, and in some cases, make the first cut.

The voting body, including judges chosen for their expertise per program, review and vote on the entries to determine the nominees and winners, as applicable to each program.


Click the specific program below to enter:

Program specific eligibility criteria and categories:

2022 Leadership Awards

Leadership Criteria and Categories

2022 Book Awards

Book Criteria and Categories

2022 Restaurant and Chef Awards

Restaurant and Chef Criteria and Categories

2022 Broadcast Media Awards

Broadcast Media Criteria and Categories

2022 Journalism Awards

Journalism Criteria and Categories

**For restaurants that open or work that will be released, after the entry deadline but before the end of 2021 please send us an email at awards@jamesbeard.org to enter.**


For more information on the policies and procedures of the Awards, click here.

Contact the Awards team at awards@jamesbeard.org with any questions.