The envelopes have been unsealed, the winners have been toasted, and the hangovers have subsided. Next order of business: photo highlights from the fabulous 2016 James Beard Awards. Last week, we shared photos from our Book, Broadcast & Journalism Awards dinner, which took place at New York City's Pier Sixty. Now we're giving you a glimpse of the grand fête of the season: our Beard Awards gala, held at the Lyric Opera of Chicago, where guests feasted on delectable dishes created just for the occasion by past JBF Award winners and culinary stars from around the country. Check out some of the highlights below, as well as a full gallery of mouthwatering food and all your favorite chefs celebrating.
Burrata with Fava Beans and Strawberry Salsa Verde by Cosmo Goss (Photo: Eliesa Johnson)
Lifetime Achievement Award recipient Leah Chase of Dooky Chase's Restaurant in New Orleans (Photo: Eliesa Johnson)
Duck Liver Pâté with Fava Bean Salad by JBF Award winner Alon Shaya (Photo: Eliesa Johnson)
Daniel Humm and Will Guidara backstage after winning the Outstanding Service award for Eleven Madison Park (Photo: Huge Galdones Photography / JBF)
Pork Meat Loaf with Caramelized Pineapple Gastrique by JBF Award winner Naomi Pomeroy (Photo: Eliesa Johnson)
Learn more about the 2016 James Beard Awards.