One Fort Worth restaurant makes list of James Beard Award finalists
An unprecedented number of DFW chefs and restaurants, including one from Fort Worth and five from Dallas, are in the running for a prize from the James Beard Foundation, which has selected finalists for its annual Restaurant and Chef Awards.
The awards recognize chefs and other culinary professionals in a wide range of categories, ranging from Outstanding Chef to Best New Restaurant. These finalists emerged from a pool of semifinalists announced in January.
Candidates from Dallas-Fort Worth who are in the running for national awards include:
- Best New Restaurant: Don Artemio Mexican Heritage, Fort Worth
- Best New Restaurant: Lucia Dallas
- Outstanding Bakery: Kuluntu Bakery, Dallas
- Outstanding Bakery: La Casita Bakeshop, Dallas
- Best New Restaurant: Restaurant Beatrice, Dallas
Don Artemio has been on a winning streak. It's been nominated for Best New Restaurant in CultureMap's 2023 Tastemaker Awards, and also made the latest list of Best New Restaurants by Texas Monthly.
In addition to the DFW nominees, three other Texan restaurants and chefs are in the running for national awards:
- Best New Restaurant: Tatemó, Houston
- Outstanding Wine and Other Beverages Program: Nancy’s Hustle, Houston
- Outstanding Bar: Las Ramblas, Brownsville
Texas also gets its own regional award in the category of Best Chef: Texas. The finalists are:
- Reyna Duong, Sandwich Hag, Dallas
- Benchawan Jabthong Painter, Street to Kitchen, Houston
- Emiliano Marentes, Elemi, El Paso
- John Russ, Clementine, San Antonio
- Ernest Servantes and David Kirkland, Burnt Bean Co., Seguin
Notably, all of this year’s finalists for both the national categories and Best Chef: Texas are new. None received nominations in 2022.
Last year, Texans
did well in the awards, with Houston cocktail bar Julep winning Outstanding Bar Program, Austin chef Edgar Rico (Nixta Taqueria) winning Emerging Chef, and Austin chef Iliana de la Vega (El Naranjo) winning the first ever Best Chef: Texas.
In addition, two Texans won media awards — Austin chef Jesse Griffiths (Dai Due) for his cookbook, The Hog Book: A Chef’s Guide to Hunting, Butchering and Cooking Wild Pigs and Texas Monthly taco editor Jose Ralat for his Tex-Mexplainer columns.
The Foundation will reveal its Restaurant and Chef Award winners at an awards ceremony on Monday, June 5 at the Lyric Opera of Chicago. Media Award winners will be announced on June 3.