Three restaurants, two bakeries, and a chef from Dallas-Fort Worth have been named among the James Beard Foundation’s 2023 Restaurant and Chef Award nominees.
The nominees for all categories were announced Wednesday during a live ceremony at the Musicians Hall of Fame & Museum in Nashville, Tennessee.
“The James Beard Awards celebrate outstanding achievement and exceptional culinary talent, as well as all those doing incredible work on behalf of our communities and wider food system. This year’s nominees, winners, and honorees are inspiring exemplars of that,” Clare Reichenbach, CEO, James Beard Foundation, said in a statement. “We congratulate all those recognized today and look forward to celebrating them at another exciting Awards Weekend in Chicago this June.”
The six nominees from North Texas and their categories are:
In this category, a restaurant demonstrates consistent excellence in food, atmosphere, hospitality, and operations, while contributing positively to its broader community.
Best New Restaurant
A restaurant opened between Jan. 1 through Sept. 30, 2022, that already demonstrates excellence in cuisine, atmosphere, hospitality, and operations, while contributing positively to its broader community, and seems likely to make a significant impact in years to come.
• Don Artemio Mexican Heritage, Fort Worth
• Restaurant Beatrice, Dallas
Outstanding Bakery Presented by Guinness
New in 2023, this category recognizes a baker of breads, pastries, or desserts that demonstrates consistent excellence in food, atmosphere, hospitality, and operations, while contributing positively to its broader community.
• La Casita Bakeshop, Richardson
• Kuluntu Bakery, Dallas,
Best Chef, Texas
Chefs who set high standards in their culinary skills and leadership abilities, and who are making efforts to help create a sustainable work culture in their respective regions, while contributing positively to their broader community.
Reyna Duong, Sandwich Hag, Dallas
‘This is a phenomenal list’
The James Beard Awards are considered to be among the nation’s most prestigious honors. They recognize exceptional talent in the culinary and food media industries, as well as a demonstrated commitment to racial and gender equity, community, sustainability, and a culture where all can thrive.
“This is a phenomenal list and I’m excited to see such great representation of the extraordinary work being done in our industry across the country—both in service and in excellence of craft. Congratulations to all for this much-deserved achievement,” said Tanya Holland, chair of the James Beard Awards Committee and member of the James Beard Foundation Board of Trustees.
Winners will be celebrated at the James Beard Restaurant and Chef Awards ceremony on June 5 at the Lyric Opera of Chicago.
The full list of nominees, winners, and honorees can be found on the James Beard Foundation website by going here.
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