James Beard Foundation 2017

The James Beard Foundation’s mission is to celebrate, nurture, and honor chefs and other leaders making America’s food culture more delicious, diverse, and sustainable for everyone. Each year awards are presented for excellence in cuisine, culinary writing, and culinary education.

JBF Winner Hugo Ortega poses for pictures during the gala
The hungry crowd at the 2017 Awards gala
Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel addresses the audience
Chefs Jonathan Waxman and David Chang presenting an Award
Susan Ungaro, Jesse Tyler Ferguson
Chef Rick Bayless flashes his award and a big smile after his win for Outstanding Restaurant
Best Chef Great Lakes Winner Sarah Grueneberg