An Inside Look at the 2024 James Beard Award Semi-finalists

By Laoise Rubio, Foodservice Practice Lead

Last week, the James Beard Awards® presented by Capital One released the 2024 Restaurant and Chef Awards semifinalists. And yes, that qualifies as big news to us. 


So big in fact, that we decided to help our fellow foodies by augmenting this list with links to each innovative restaurant and chef’s public-facing social media channels and websites. Check it out below; you simply won’t find a deeper trove of connections to the change-makers driving the industry forward.  

The James Beard Foundation celebrates and supports the people behind America’s food culture, while pushing for new standards in the restaurant industry to create a future where all can thrive. By amplifying new voices, celebrating those leading the way, and supporting those on the path to do so, the Foundation is working to create a more equitable and sustainable future—what they call Good Food for Good®.    

Of course, we’re partial to chefs and restaurants in Milwaukee and Chicago – and there are many to celebrate! Care to join us for dinner and check out some of these spots? 

Nominees will be announced on Wednesday, April 3, and winners will be announced at the James Beard Restaurant and Chef Awards Ceremony on Monday, June 10 at the Lyric Opera of Chicago. 

Check out and follow the 2024 Restaurant and Chef Award semifinalists below. 



Nomination Category 

Outstanding Restaurateur