Chicago Wins Big At James Beard Awards

James Beard Awards Kevin Boehm and Rob Katz
Rob Katz, left, and Kevin Boehm of Chicago-based Boka Restaurant Group won the award for Outstanding Restaurateur at the national James Beard Awards at the Civic Opera House on Monday night. Photo by Monica Eng, WBEZ
James Beard Awards Kevin Boehm and Rob Katz
Rob Katz, left, and Kevin Boehm of Chicago-based Boka Restaurant Group won the award for Outstanding Restaurateur at the national James Beard Awards at the Civic Opera House on Monday night. Photo by Monica Eng, WBEZ

Chicago Wins Big At James Beard Awards

The national James Beard Awards were held Monday at the Civic Opera House, with several Chicagoans taking home top honors. The ceremony is sometimes referred to as the Academy Awards of the food industry because of the stars and celebrities it attracts.

Morning Shift gets the inside scoop from two journalists who covered the event live from the red carpet.

GUESTS: Monica Eng, WBEZ reporter

Louisa Chu, Chicago Tribune food and dining reporter

LEARN MORE: James Beard Awards: Boka Restaurant Group, Parachute chefs among big winners in Chicago (Chicago Tribune 5/7/19)