The State Fair of Texas has released its lineup of judges for Sunday's Big Tex Choice Awards.
The fair saw 49 entries this year, which were narrowed to 33 semifinalists (20 savory, 13 sweet). Ten of those will compete in the final round at 2 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 25. As for the experts doing the judging, we'll see people from the Dallas City Council horseshoe and leaders in local kitchens.
Our new mayor, former state Rep. Eric Johnson, is one, along with new councilman for District 7, Adam Bazaldua, who was also a former chef and DISD culinary teacher.
On the chefs side, food will also be judged by Samir Dhurandhar, corporate chef for Nick and Sam's Steakhouse; Chad Houser, founder, CEO and executive chef of Cafe Momentum; Kyle Noonan, founder and CEO of FreeRange Concepts (The Rustic, Bowl and Barrel); and Anastacia Quinones-Pittman, executive chef at Jose Restaurant.
TV personality and author LeeAnne Locken will also help in these important decisions.
The finalists were recently announced, and those attending Sunday's event will not only watch the judging go down; they'll be the first to sample these foods that are either creative or outrageous, depending on how you look at them.
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Top winners will be announced for Best Taste - Savory, Best Taste - Sweet and Most Creative.
Tickets are sold out for the event, where all proceeds will be donated to the Big Tex Scholarship Program.
Don't feel badly if you missed your chance to pay $125 to get in Sunday. A season pass seems relatively minimal at only $45 a pop.
The 2019 State Fair of Texas will run Sept. 27 through Oct. 20 at Fair Park.