San Antonio chef, restaurant named finalists in 2024 James Beard Awards

Winners will be celebrated during a ceremony in June

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SAN ANTONIO – Some of the best chefs and restaurants in Central and South Texas were named as finalists for the 2024 James Beard Awards.

The James Beard Foundation announced the nominees and honorees on the coveted list on Wednesday.

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San Antonio’s Mixtli is among the finalists for Outstanding Restaurant presented by Acqua Panna Natural Spring Water, and Christopher Cullum of Cullum’s Attaboy is among the finalists for Best Chef: Texas.

The prestigious James Beard Awards are seen as the Oscars of the culinary world, as they honor the top chefs, restaurants and bars across the country.

The winners will be announced on June 10 during the 33rd annual James Beard Restaurant and Chef Awards presented by Capital One.

The other Texas chefs and eateries that landed as finalists include:

Best Chef: Texas

  • Emmanuel Chavez, Tatemó, Houston
  • Christopher Cullum, Cullum’s Attaboy, San Antonio
  • Tracy Malechek-Ezekiel, Birdie’s, Austin
  • Misti Norris, Petra & the Beast, Dallas
  • Ana Liz Pulido, Ana Liz Taqueria, Mission

Outstanding Restaurant presented by Acqua Panna® Natural Spring Water

  • Mixtli, San Antonio
  • Convenience West, Marfa

Best New Restaurant

  • Barbs-B-Q, Lockhart

Outstanding Chef presented by Hilton

  • David Uygur, Lucia, Dallas

Outstanding Hospitality presented by American Airlines

  • Gemma, Dallas

Outstanding Bar

  • Las Ramblas, Brownsville

The San Antonio chefs listed as semifinalists for Best Chef: Texas include Andrew Ho, Andrew Samia, and Sean Wen of Curry Boys BBQ, and Jennifer Hwa Dobbertin of Best Quality Daughter. Burnt Bean Co. in Seguin was also listed as a semifinalist for Outstanding Chef.

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