Houston bar scores city's first-ever national James Beard Award

The James Beard Awards is known as the Oscars of the food world, recognizing chefs and other culinary professionals.

ByEric Sandler CultureMap logo
Tuesday, June 14, 2022
Houston bar scores city's first-ever national James Beard Award
H-town held it down! It's the first time a Bayou City establishment has won a Beard Award in one of the national categories.

HOUSTON, Texas -- A select group of Texas chefs, a bartender, and a food writer are sporting shiny new medals. They are the winners of this year's James Beard Awards.

Between a media awards ceremony held on Saturday, June 11 and the restaurant and chef awards ceremony on Monday, June 13, five Texans won awards. They are:

  • Austin chef Edgar Rico (Nixta Taqueria) for Emerging Chef
  • Houston cocktail bar Julep for Outstanding Bar Program
  • Austin chef Iliana de la Vega (El Naranjo) for Best Chef: Texas
  • Austin chef Jesse Griffiths (Dai Due) for his cookbook, The Hog Book: A Chef's Guide to Hunting, Butchering and Cooking Wild Pigs
  • Texas Monthly Taco Editor Jose Ralat for his Tex-Mexplainer columns

Outstanding Chef went to Mashama Bailey of The Grey in Savannah, Georgia. Phoenix-based chef Chris Bianco won Outstanding Restaurateur.

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