The 2017 James Beard Awards Gala, hosted by Jesse Tyler Ferguson of ABC's award-winning Modern Family
, will take place on Monday, May 1, at the Lyric Opera of Chicago. Established in 1990, the James Beard Awards recognize culinary professionals for excellence and achievement in their fields. 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.