We’re raising a glass to James Beard Award semifinalists! More than 20 of the nominees for the 2018 James Beard Award are from Texas and we couldn’t be more proud of and excited for them.
The James Beard Foundation celebrates and recognizes chefs and other culinary leaders making a difference in America’s food culture. The national nonprofit is named in honor of James Beard, an American chef and cookbook author who championed American cuisine and taught and mentored generations of professional chefs and food enthusiasts. His legacy is preserved in the foundation, which provides scholarships for culinary students and recognizes notable and exceptional chefs and journalists. The James Beard Award honors chefs and culinary leaders for what they bring to the table — delicious, diverse and sustainable cuisine for everyone!
To celebrate our local James Beard Award nominees, we’re bringing you some of the dishes from their restaurants. Scroll for new recipes, plus a complete list of Texas semifinalists below.
Texas 2018 James Beard Award Nominations
Best New Restaurant
Outstanding Bar Program
Outstanding Pastry Chef
Outstanding Wine Program
Outstanding Wine, Beer, or Spirits Professional
Rising Star Chef of the Year
Best Chef Southwest
* Indicates chefs or restaurants that were featured on Goodtaste with Tanji previously
** Bryce Gilmore also owns Odd Duck in Austin, which was previously featured on Goodtaste with Tanji
Pondicheri’s Fig & Raspberry Galette
Image: India 1948/Pondicheri/Anita Jaisinghani
Since we’re celebrating, we thought we’d start you off with this Fig and Raspberry Galette from Anita Jaisinghani, the executive chef and owner of Pondicheri in Houston and New York City. Fans of her amazing restaurants know her dishes are richly flavored and taste so unique. Her new website India 1948 is every gourmand’s dream, filled with recipes and advice and amazing recipes like this one. Get this showstopping galette here.
Xochi’s Barbacoa de Zaachila
Let us introduce you to this new recipe that is sure to bump up your next batch of barbacoa! The Barbacoa de Zaachila by Chef Hugo Ortega is absolutely delicious. The preparation is a bit more involved, but trust us, the payoff is there — this dish is exquisite. Get it here.
Three cheers for churros! These sweet, deep-fried fritters are dredged in sugar and taste oh-so delicious with a cup of hot chocolate — get the recipe here. Chef Hugo Ortega (of Hugo’s, Xochi and Caracol and the H-Town Restaurant Group) was featured in our first season of Goodtaste. View his story here.
Coltivare Spaghetti with Black Pepper
Image Credit: Julie Soefer for Coltivare
You can whip up your own gourmet dinner in just a few simple steps, thanks to Ryan Pera, the executive chef and owner of Coltivare in Houston’s Heights neighborhood. This Spaghetti with Black Pepper is so simple, yet so refined and tasty. Get the recipe here.
Killen’s Steakhouse Creamed Corn
Image Credit: Ronnie Killen, Killen’s Steakhouse
Sometimes, the side dishes are just as memorable as the main event! That’s especially true with Ronnie Killen’s *killer* Creamed Corn recipe. Get the recipe here. We featured Killen’s BBQ on our first season of Goodtaste — watch it here.
The James Beard Media Awards will take place on Friday, April 27. The James Beard Award Gala will be on Monday, May 7. Cheers to all of our amazing semifinalists — we’re rooting for you!