ST. LOUIS, April 29, 2016—True Refrigeration®—the leading choice of top chefs, luxury hotels, and discriminating homeowners for more than 70 years—is proud to be the official sponsor of the upcoming James Beard Awards’ Best New Restaurant category and will present the award for the second consecutive year. The event will be held on Monday, May 2 at the Lyric Opera of Chicago, and hosted by American chef and television personality Carla Hall.

“We are proud to help honor a new restaurant from the extensive list of outstanding finalists this year,” said True Director of Sales and Marketing Steve Proctor. “At True, we are committed to excellence in the culinary industry through our handcrafted refrigeration products, so we’re thrilled to help recognize those who have excelled in the culinary arts.”

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True Refrigeration will present the Best New Restaurant Award to a restaurant that displays excellence in food, beverage and service and has set the foundation for influence in the culinary community. Previous Best New Restaurant winners include Bâtard in New York City and Pêche Seafood Grill in New Orleans.

The James Beard Awards were established in 1990 and recognize professionals in the culinary industry for excellence and achievement in their individual fields. Winners are determined by votes from more than 600 culinary professionals. Along with Best New Restaurant, other award categories include: Outstanding Chef, Rising Star Chef of the Year and Outstanding Baker.