Houston Heats Up: Eight Semifinalists Announced for the 2013 James Beard Foundation Awards

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Tyson Cole was noted for his work at both the Houston and Austin locations of Uchi.
Fleshing out the Houston semifinalist nominations were Anvil Bar & Refuge for Outstanding Bar Program and Tyson Cole for his work at both the Houston and Austin locations of Uchi. Cole is a semifinalist in the Outstanding Chef category.

Dallas racked up seven semifinalist nods and Austin six, with notable mentions for Stephan Pyles in Dallas (Outstanding Chef), Nick Badovinus in Dallas (Best Restaurateur for Flavor Hook, Off-Site Kitchen, Tried and True and more) and Bryce Gilmore of Barley Swine in Austin (Rising Star Chef).

Alongside Ortega and Shepherd in the Best Chef: Southwest category were fellow semifinalists Jason Maddy of Oak in Dallas, Teiichi Sakuri of Tei An in Dallas, David Gilbert of Sustenio at Éilan Hotel Resort & Spa in San Antonio, Michael Sohocki of Restaurant Gwendolyn in San Antonio, Armando Pomales of Café Central in El Paso, Maiya Keck of Maiya's in Marfa, Rene Ortiz of La Condesa in Austin and Bryce Gilmore, once again.

"You can really see that Houston is kind of really on its way now," said Shepherd of the city's serial semifinalists. "And it's really good to see that." Quickly, he added with a chuckle: "Not that it hasn't been before -- but you start to see us being up for multiple nominations, and it's cool to see that."

"You know how I feel about this city and how great it is," Shepherd said. "It's always been either Dallas or Austin, but now it's our time."

The finalists for the 2013 James Beard Foundation Awards will be announced on Monday, March 18. The awards themselves will be presented in New York City on Monday, May 6.



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Location Info

Oxheart

1302 Nance St., Houston, TX

Category: Restaurant

Underbelly

1100 Westheimer Road, Houston, TX

Category: Restaurant

Hugo's

1600 Westheimer Rd., Houston, TX

Category: Restaurant

Goode Co. Seafood

2621 Westpark Drive, Houston, TX

Category: Restaurant

Goode Co. Taqueria

4902 Kirby Drive, Houston, TX

Category: Restaurant

Armadillo Palace

5015 Kirby, Houston, TX

Category: Music

Goode Co. Texas Bar-B-Q

5109 Kirby, Houston, TX

Category: Restaurant

Anvil Bar & Refuge

1424 Westheimer, Houston, TX

Category: Music

Uchi

904 Westheimer Rd., Houston, TX

Category: Restaurant


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17 comments
iprod
iprod

Hugo is the only person or restaurant on the list from Houston who deserves a JB award

Chris Boyle
Chris Boyle

Gotta go with the Goode family. Oh and IMHO, honorable mention to the Laurenzo family. Opening an ET on Navigation, next door to Ninfas. Gotta love it!

Schnabel
Schnabel

Wait, don't tell me, are you saying that only our chefs were nominated, and not our food writers? We have some real luminaries here wielding a pen: Marene Gustin, Taylor Byrne Dodge, Robin Barr Sussman, Whitney Radley, to name but a few.

Craigley
Craigley

Goode Grief!  We deserve better!

Deja Cain
Deja Cain

My eyes are on Tyson Cole of Uchi!

Emily Kelly Hilton
Emily Kelly Hilton

Easy: my money's on Shepherd. Oh! Can we please have a JB pool like they do for the Oscar's? That would be awesome!

Roberta Montgomery
Roberta Montgomery

Go to Goode Company BBQ and tell them your from Cypress Ridge High School and money will be donated to RAP - party after the prom for the class of 2014.......

Raven
Raven

@Schnabel 

And I would add to that exulted list one Eric Sandler; when he's at the top of his game, the man approaches a press release much like Michelangelo would a solid block of marble, coaxing from it both nuance and fullness, crafting it into a masterwork that you will read and reread with pleasure.


kshilcutt
kshilcutt moderator editor

@Schnabel These are just the semifinalist nominations for the chef/restaurant awards. The journalism and other media award finalists will be announced around the same time in March.

kshilcutt
kshilcutt moderator editor

@Craigley I'm admittedly not the biggest fan of Goode Co. Bar-B-Q, but am a huge fan of all the other Goode projects. Goode Co. Seafood = outstanding campechana and po-boys. Goode Co. Taqueria = outstanding breakfasts, pecan waffles, migas, venison, quail, etc. Armadillo Palace = outstanding chili and my God man, the chicken fried steak. THE CHICKEN FRIED STEAK.

texmex01
texmex01 topcommenter

@Craigley I see what you did there, you're wrong, but I see what you did there.....

e_sandler
e_sandler

@Raven So glad you enjoy my work. I'm just happy that I get to check "Randomly insulted by an EOW commenter" off my career bucket list. 

Schnabel
Schnabel

@kshilcutt @Schnabel  Ok, thanks, and I nearly overlooked the local writing of Beatrice Allen. Just phenomenal.

Congrats to the chefs!

ferrigan
ferrigan

@Daphne @e_sandler @Raven 

(that IS kinda funny...I noticed the same thing on Eater. One commenter even notes that yeah, Eater is an aggregator, but aggregating press releases might be pushing the envelope just a bit). On the other hand, we could give a nod to Eric for transparency.

Daphne
Daphne

@e_sandler @Raven 

Lately, I've noticed that you're merely attaching the press releases to your pieces, instead of coaxing out the essence and marrow to create something new. Are you ok?

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