The James Beard Award Foundation today announced the finalists for its 2017 awards recognizing outstanding achievements in the culinary industry. The winners will be announced May 1 at a gala awards ceremony at Chicago’s Civic Opera House.

The Chicago nominees include:

Chef Rick Bayless’ Topolobampo is among the James Beard Award nominees for 2017 outstanding restaurant. | Photo by Chandler West

Outstanding Restaurant
Topolobampo, Chicago

Best Chef Great Lakes (Chicago landed all five available nomination slots)
Abraham Conlon, Fat Rice
Sarah Grueneberg, Monteverde
Beverly Kim and Johnny Clark, Parachute
Lee Wolen, Boka
Erling Wu-Bower, Nico Osteria

Outstanding Baker
Greg Wade, Publican Quality Bread

Outstanding restaurant design (76 seats or more)
Momotaro Chicago ( Firm: AvroKO; Designers: Kristina O’Neal, Adam Farmerie, Greg Bradshaw, William Harris)

Chef Abraham Conlon, of Fat Rice is among the five Chicagoans competing in the category of Best Chef Great Lakes Region at the 2017 James Beard Awards. | James Foster/For the Sun-Times

Rising Star Chef of the Year
Jenner Tomaska, Next

Outstanding Restaurateur
Kevin Boehm and Rob Katz, Boka Restaurant Group Chicago

Television Program, TV segment (the awards in this category will be handed out April 25 in New York)
“The Hungry Hound,” Steve Dolinsky, ABC-Channel 7