For 25th anniversary, Beard awards move to Chicago

May 20, 2014 7:05 PM

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It’s more proof that Chicago has fast become home to one of the country’s hottest restaurant scenes. The foundation — which is based in New York and honors the nation’s best chefs, restaurants and food media — says several cities had asked to host the annual awards ceremony, but Chicago’s offer of marketing and sponsorship support was too good to turn down.

Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel led a Champagne toast with some of the city’s best-known chefs at the Pritzker Pavilion celebrating the announcement. Rahm saluted the chefs for attracting visitors from around the world “with the canvas of a beautiful meal.”

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