Nominate your favorite chef and restaurant for the 2009 James Beard Foundation Awards by using their easy online ballot. Participating has never been easier. Enter your name, e-mail address, and state of residence and submit your suggestions for nominees. James Beard Foundation membership is not required for participation in the nomination process. Deadline for entry is December 1, 2008. Nominees will be announced on Monday, March 23, 2009. Winners will be announced on May 4, 2009 at The James Beard Foundation Awards Gala at Lincoln Center's Avery Fisher Hall in New York City.