The James Beard Foundation has announced that a newly evolved version of the James Beard Awards will take place in 2022 after two years of being cancelled, during which time there has been an audit on policies and procedures.
The non-profit says that the first 'post audit' awards will offer a more inclusive pool of candidates, with the foundation having developed “a code of ethics, composition of committees and judges, criteria for winners" as well as policies and procedures for unforeseen events in order to “ensure a more transparent and equitable process for the future”.
The foundation has updated its mission statement to reflect the current organisation: "The James Beard Foundation is a nonprofit organisation with a mission to celebrate, support, and elevate the people behind America’s food culture and champion a standard of good food anchored in talent, equity, and sustainability." It will also expand its leadership team with chef and restaurateur Tanya Holland, and Dawn Padmore, who have both been instrumental in shaping the new version of the awards.
The 2021 ceremony, which will be part virtual and part in person, will instead be a celebration of the independent restaurant community, honouring those who have made a significant impact on the industry and in their communities during this crisis. More details will be forthcoming this month.