Celebrity chefs Carla Hall and Ming Tsai have been tapped to host this year’s James Beard Foundation Awards in the spring, the foundation said Wednesday.

Hall, a co-host of ABC television program “The Chew” and restaurateur of the soon-to-open Carla Hall’s Southern Kitchen, in Brooklyn, N.Y., will host the foundation’s prestigious Restaurant and Chef Awards, which will be held at the Lyric Opera of Chicago on May 2.

Tsai — a Beard Award winner; television personality; and owner of the restaurants Blue Ginger in Wellesley, Mass., and Blue Dragon in Boston — will host the Book, Broadcast & Journalism Awards at Pier Sixty in New York City on April 26.

Ming Tsai. Photo: Anthony Tieuli, courtesy of the James Beard Foundation“We’re delighted that Carla Hall and Ming Tsai will bring both their culinary and media talents to shine a light on how television has informed and entertained our world of food,” Beard Foundation president Susan Ungaro said in a press release. “We’re honored to have them act as hosts as we recognize the best of the best in our ever growing and changing food and media community.”

Semifinalists for the Restaurant and Chef Awards will be announced on Feb. 17. Those candidates will be voted on by a panel of more than 600 judges, including past winners and members of the food media. The nominees for the awards will be announced on March 15. The same panel will vote on those nominees, and the winners will be announced at a gala ceremony on May 2.

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