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Justin Yu Is Third Houstonian to Take James Beard Best Chef Southwest Award

For the third time, a Houston chef has won the James Beard “Best Chef Southwest” Award. Established in 1990, James Beard awards are generally considered the culinary equivalent of the Oscars. Justin Yu of Oxheart won the award at the James Beard Foundation Gala in Chicago on May 2. It was Yu’s third time as a […]

Chef Justin Yu - Oxheart - James Beard Award - Photo: Michael HagertyFor the third time, a Houston chef has won the James Beard “Best Chef Southwest” Award. Established in 1990, James Beard awards are generally considered the culinary equivalent of the Oscars.

Justin Yu of Oxheart won the award at the James Beard Foundation Gala in Chicago on May 2.

It was Yu’s third time as a finalist for the award. Chris Shepherd of Underbelly won in 2014 and chef Robert Del Grande won in 1992.

We talk with Justin Yu about winning the award and his culinary development.

(Above: Chef Justin Yu of Houston’s Oxheart restaurant. Photo: Michael Hagerty, Houston Public Media)

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Michael Hagerty

Senior Producer, Houston Matters

Michael Hagerty is the senior producer for Houston Matters. He's spent more than 20 years in public radio and television and dabbled in minor league baseball, spending four seasons as the public address announcer for the Reno Aces, the Triple-A affiliate of the Arizona Diamondbacks.

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