Hosts named for 2016 James Beard Awards

Hosts named for 2016 James Beard Awards
Carla Hall will host the 2016 James Beard awards

This past Wednesday, the James Beard Foundation announced that Carla Hall, co-host of ABC’s The Chew and restaurateur of the soon to open Carla Hall’s Southern Kitchen in Brooklyn, New York, will host the 2016 James Beard Foundation Awards, coming to Chicago on May 2, 2016.

This is year two for the Beard awards (often referred to as the Oscars of the food world) to be held in the Windy City. The highly anticipated James Beard Awards ceremony and gala reception will take place at Lyric Opera of Chicago.

The awards ceremony is always held the first Monday in May in remembrance of Beard’s birthday (May 5, 1903 – January 21, 1985)).

On Tuesday, April 26, 2016, James Beard Award winner, chef, and television personality Ming Tsai will host the annual James Beard Foundation Book, Broadcast & Journalism Awards–a “Golden Globe-like” celebration that will take place at Pier Sixty at Chelsea Piers in New York City.

James Beard.

James Beard.

James Beard was a food pioneer, of sorts, appearing on television’s first cooking show back in 1946–well before Julia Child became America’s cooking sweetheart.

Beard’s NBC show “I Love to Eat” according to Child began his ascent as America’s most respected food authority. He went on to publish 20 books on cuisine.

In 1955, he established The James Beard Cooking School while continuing to entertain and educate Americans as a popular television cooking personality–perhaps becoming America’s first “celebrity” chef.

Since that time food has become one of the most popular subjects in American broadcasting even getting its own network.

That’s why this year, coinciding with the James Beard Foundation’s 30th anniversary, the James Beard Awards (JBA) will honor the country’s top culinary talent and celebrate the role of cuisine in television by showcasing today’s “celebrity” chefs.

“We’re delighted that Carla Hall and Ming Tsai will bring both their culinary and media talents to shine a light on how television has informed and entertained our world of food,” said Susan Ungaro, president of The James Beard Foundation. “We’re honored to have them act as hosts as we recognize the best of the best in our ever growing and changing food and media community.”

The Restaurant and Chef Award semifinalists will be announced February 17, 2016. Nominees for all award categories will be revealed on March 15, 2016.

Both awards ceremonies are open to the public. Tickets to the James Beard Awards Gala and the Book, Broadcast & Journalism Awards Dinner will be available for purchase in March 2016 either online or by calling the JBF Awards box office at (914) 231 6180.

About the James Beard Awards

Established in 1990, the James Beard Awards recognize culinary professionals for excellence and achievement in their fields and further the Foundation’s mission to celebrate, nurture, and honor America’s diverse culinary heritage through programs that educate and inspire. Each award category has an individual committee made up of industry professionals who volunteer their time to oversee the policies, procedures, and selection of judges for their respective Awards program. All JBF Award winners receive a certificate and a medallion engraved with the James Beard Foundation Awards insignia. There are no cash prizes.

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