Semifinalists for the 2019 James Beard Awards (aka the Grammys of food) were announced this morning, and Dallas nabbed a few spots on the list:
Best New Restaurant: chef Misti Norris' Old East Dallas restaurant Petra and the Beast
Outstanding Pastry Chef: Ricardo “Ricchi” Sanchez at Bullion
Outstanding Service: The French Room
Best Chef-Southwest: Bruno Davaillon at Bullion; Regino Rojas at Purépecha Room by Revolver Taco Lounge; and David Uygur at Lucia.
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In the last few years, Dallas has seen several semifinalists but no winners. Rojas was a semifinalist in Best Chef-Southwest last year, the city's only semifinalist. In 2017, Flora Street Cafe was a semifinalist for Best New Restaurant, FT33's Maggie Huff was a semifinalist for Outstanding Pastry Chef and there were several semifinalists for Best Chef-Southwest: Omar Flores at Casa Rubia (now closed); Teiichi Sakurai at Tei-An; John Tesar at Knife; and David Uygur at Lucia.
Norris was also a semifinalist for Rising Star of the Year for her work at Small Brewpub in 2016, a year that also saw nods (but no wins) for Matt McCallister at FT33, Sakurai at Tei-An, Uygur at Lucia and Flores at Casa Rubia. Davaillon has also been a semifinalist for Best Chef-Southwest multiple times.
This year's semifinalist list is an improvement on last year for Dallas, when we saw only one nod, so could this be the year Dallas finally sees a winner?