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Carla Hall Named Host for 2016 James Beard Awards in Chicago

The 30th annual awards take place on May 2 at the Lyric Opera.

Carla Hall
Carla Hall
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Carla Hall, the "Top Chef" alum and co-host of ABC's "The Chew" will follow Alton Brown's footsteps when she hosts the 30th annual James Beard Foundation Awards on May 2 when they return to Chicago. It's a bit of promotion for Hall who hosted the Beard Foundation's Book, Broadcast & Journalism Awards Dinner last year in New York. Ming Tsai, the well-known Food Network star and Beard award-winner, will assume Hall's duties for 2016.

The JBF will announce the restaurant and chef award semifinalists on Feb. 17 and reveal nominees for all categories on March 16. The Beards return to Chicago for the second-straight year, as the city will once again be the restaurant capital of the world in May.

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