You Texas 2023 James Beard Award Semifinalists

The James Beard Foundation revealed its 2023 semifinalists for restaurant and chef awards. The James Beard Awards recognizes culinary geniuses in their field of expertise. It’s of great national honor to be considered for a James Beard Award. Texas as usual has plenty of nominees across the state.

Here are your Texas semifinalists.

Outstanding Restaurateur

  • Chris Williams, Lucille’s Hospitality Group, Houston, TX

Outstanding Chef

  • Junior Borges, Meridian, Dallas, TX
  • Christine Ha and Tony J. Nguyen, Xin Chào, Houston, TX

Outstanding Restaurant Presented

  • La Condesa, Austin, TX
  • Lucia, Dallas, TX

Emerging Chef Presented

  • Victoria Elizondo, Cochinita & Co., Houston, TX
  • Jennifer Hwa Dobbertin, Best Quality Daughter, San Antonio, TX

Best New Restaurant

  • Don Artemio, Fort Worth, TX
  • Restaurant Beatrice, Dallas, TX
  • Tatemó, Houston, TX
  • Tatsu, Dallas, TX

Outstanding Bakery

  • La Casita Bakeshop, Richardson, TX
  • Kuluntu Bakery, Dallas, TX

Outstanding Pastry Chef or Baker

  • Mariela Camacho, Comadre Panadería, Austin, TX
  • Anne Ng, Bakery Lorraine, San Antonio, TX

Outstanding Hospitality Presented

  • The Local, Abilene, TX
  • Theodore Rex, Houston, TX

Outstanding Wine and Other Beverages Program

  • Nancy’s Hustle, Houston, TX
  • Suerte, Austin, TX

Outstanding Bar

  • Las Ramblas, Brownsville, TX
  • Weathered Souls Brewing Company, San Antonio, TX

Best Chef: Texas

  • Nicola Blaque, The Jerk Shack, San Antonio, TX
  • Tavel Bristol-Joseph, Canje, Austin, TX
  • Damien Brockway, Distant Relatives, Austin, TX
  • Reyna Duong, Sandwich Hag, Dallas, TX
  • Kareem El-Ghayesh, KG BBQ, Austin, TX
  • Jalen Heard, Lane Milne, and Jonny White, Goldee’s Barbecue, Fort Worth, TX
  • Andrew Ho, Andrew Samia, and Sean Wen, Curry Boys BBQ, San Antonio, TX
  • Greg Gatlin, Gatlin’s BBQ, Houston, TX
  • Benchawan Jabthong Painter, Street to Kitchen, Houston, TX
  • Ai Le, Nam Giao, Houston, TX
  • Olivia López and Jonathan Percival, Molino Olōyō, Dallas, TX
  • Enrique Lozano, El Charlatan, Socorro, TX
  • Emiliano Marentes, ELEMI, El Paso, TX
  • Ana Liz Pulido, Ana Liz Taqueria, Mission, TX
  • Anastacia Quiñones-Pittman, José, Dallas, TX
  • Regino Rojas, Revolver Taco Lounge, Dallas, TX
  • John Russ, Clementine, San Antonio, TX
  • Ernest Servantes and David Kirkland, Burnt Bean Co., Seguin, TX
  • Kiran Verma, Kiran’s, Houston, TX
  • Jon Walter, Chez Sami, Wolfforth, TX

The full list can be viewed here. Check out a lot of these amazing spot on our around town section.

Eva Rogers

A Texan through and through, her passion for the Lone Star State is evident in every word she writes.Hailing from the vast plains of West Texas, Eva has a deep appreciation for the unique blend of tradition and innovation that defines the Texan spirit. Eva crafts articles that celebrate the diverse tapestry of Texas, from its bustling urban centers to its serene rural landscapes.