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Houston Restaurants, Chefs At Record High For James Beard Nominations, As Semifinalists

The James Beard Foundation will announce the final Restaurant and Chef Award nominees in Philadelphia on Wednesday, March 14.

Restaurants and Chefs in the Bayou City are getting noticed, nationwide. The James Beard Foundation announced its 2018 Restaurant and Chef Award semifinalists, on Thursday. And Houston has seven national-level semifinalist nominations.

Xochi, Houston – Best New Restaurant, semifinalist

Anvil Bar & Refuge, Houston – Outstanding Bar Program, semifinalist

Jillian Bartolome, Aqui, Houston – Outstanding Pastry Chef, semifinalist

Tracy Vaught, H Town Restaurant Group, Houston – Outstanding Restaurateur, semifinalist

Hugo’s, Houston – Outstanding Service, semifinalist

Pappas Bros. Steakhouse, Houston – Outstanding Wine Program, semifinalist

Martha De Leon, Pax Americana, Houston – Rising Star Chef of the Year, semifinalist

According to the Houston Chronicle, seven national-level semifinalist nominations is “unprecedented.”

Houston-area chefs also have five semifinalists in the “Best Chef Southwest” category- more than any other city in that category.

Ross Coleman and James Haywood, Kitchen 713, Houston

Anita Jaisinghani, Pondicheri, Houston

Ronnie Killen, Killen’s Steakhouse, Pearland, TX

Trong Nguyen, Crawfish & Noodles, Houston

Ryan Pera, Coltivare, Houston

Click here or a full list of semifinalists. 

The James Beard Foundation will announce the final Restaurant and Chef Award nominees in Philadelphia on Wednesday, March 14. Winners will be announced at The 2018 James Beard Awards Gala, which takes place on Monday, May 7, in Chicago.

Now… go out and enjoy some great food!

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