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

Posted on · 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 […]

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New James Beard Book Features Houston Restaurant

Posted on · Since 1998, the James Beard Foundation (JBF) America’s Classics Award has recognized regional restaurants known for their timeless appeal and which serve quality food that reflects the character of their communities. The foundation has given more than 100 such establishments this recognition during the annual JBF Restaurant and Chef Awards Gala that takes place every May. […]

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Chef Chris Shepherd Puts Houston Food Scene on the Map with Beard Award

Posted on · Chef Chris Shepherd from the restaurant Underbelly recently won the 2014 James Beard Foundation Award for best chef in the southwest. (The southwest region, in this case, includes Texas, Arizona, Colorado, New Mexico, Oklahoma, and Utah). He’s the first Beard Award winner in Houston since 1992. We discuss the significance of the award, not just for him, but for what it […]