Best Chef: Southeast winner Mashama Bailey (Photo: Galdones Photography)
The 2019 James Beard Awards were filled with everything but the kitchen sink—stirring speeches, bountiful laughter, and lots of celebratory tears. Nominees, winners, presenters, and guests enjoyed a luxurious spread of dishes that honored this special occasion at the gala reception that followed. Now that the champagne has been popped, let's take a peek at some of the photo highlights from the ceremony held at the Lyric Opera of Chicago.
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Zooey Deschanel and JBF Award winner Andrew Zimmern with Jacob Pechenik on the red carpet (Photo: Eliesa Johnson)
Chef Ann Kim is overcome with emotion after winning the Best Chef: Midwest Award (Photo: Eliesa Johnson)
Master of ceremonies Jesse Tyler Ferguson kept the show moving and delighted the crowd all night (Photo: Kent Miller Studios)
Outstanding Pastry Chef Award winner Kelly Fields (Galdones Photography)
Mayor Rahm Emanuel enjoys a VIP reception at the 2019 James Beard Awards with the USO of Illinois's active members of the armed forces and Heather Morris of Magellan Corporation, an in-association sponsor of this year's Beard Awards. Magellan Corporation is also a proud supporter of the USO of Illinois and attended the awards with more than 20 active military personnel who joined them for the evening. (Photo Credit: Galdones Photography)
Guests packed the Lyric Opera of Chicago during the reception (Photo: Kent Miller Studios)
Rising Star Chef winner Kwame Onwuachi accepts his Beard Award (Photo: Kent Miller Studios)
Guests enjoyed dishes such as this Passion Fruit–Marinated Ideal Fish White Fish Crudo with Pimento Wood–Smoked Cream by chef Danielle Leoni at the gala reception (Photo: Eliesa Johnson)
The Humanitarian of the Year Award went to The Giving Kitchen, a non-profit that provides emergency assistance to food service workers (Photo: Galdones Photography)
Outstanding Wine Program Award recipients Yoon Ha and Donghyuk Shin of Benu, San Francisco take a selfie ( Galdones Photography)
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