CultureMap’s Tastemaker Awards

This year’s awards will be our second since taking over the company. The Dallas edition of the event will be held May 19th between 7PM and 10PM at the Hall of State (Houston May 18th and Austin May 17th). I’m most interested in the nominees for ‘Chef of the Year’ and ‘Rising Star Chef’:

The Dallas Nominees, Chef of the Year:

Nick Badovinus, Montlake Cut and Neighborhood Services
Greg Bussey, bbbop Seoul Kitchen
Richard Graff, Meddlesome Moth
Sarah Green, Cafe Momentum
Robert Lyford, Patina Green Market
Matt McCallister, FT33
Julio Peraza, Madrina
Daniele Puleo, CiboDivino
Nathan Tate, Rapscallion
John Tesar, Knife and Oak

The Dallas Nominees, Rising Star Chef:

Kirstyn Brewer, Victor Tangos
Taylor Kearney, Front Room Tavern
Jan Loov, Texas Spice
Russell Mertz, Ellen’s Southern Kitchen
Ryan Olmos, CiboDivino
Suki Otuski, Mudhen Meat and Greens
Caroline Perini, Easy Slider
Anastasia Quinones
Jason West, Sundown at Granada

The Austin Nominees, Chef of the Year:

Joe Anguiano, Vox Table
Shawn Cirkiel, Parkside Projects
Andrew Curren, Elm Restaurant Group
Iliana de la Vega, El Naranjo
Todd Duplechan, Lenoir
Kevin Fink, Emmer & Rye
Michael Fojtasek/Grae Nonas, Olamaie
Jesse Griffiths, Dai Due
Rene Ortiz, Launderette
Paul Qui, qui

The Austin Nominees, Rising Star Chef:

Damien Brockway, Counter 3. Five. VII
Ji Peng Chen, Wu Chow
Taylor Hall, Apis Restaurant and Apiary
Todd Havers, Cafe Josie
Michael Paley, Café No Sé/Central Standard
Nicholas Yanes, Juniper

The Houston Nominees, Chef of the Year:

Lyle Bento, Southern Goods
Adam Dorris, Pax Americana
Richard Knight, Hunky Dory
Bobby Matos, State of Grace
Chris Shepherd, Underbelly
Justin Yu, Oxheart

The Houston Nominees, Rising Star Chef:

Daniel Blue, Hunky Dory
Vincent Huynh, Coltivare/Eight Row Flint
Graham Laborde, Bernadine’s
Gary Ly, Underbelly
Martin Weaver, Brennan’s of Houston
Martha Wilcox De Leon, Pax Americana
William Wright, Helen Greek Food & Wine
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