We’re proud to cheer on Chef Steve McHugh of Cured in San Antonio and Chef Slade Rushing of Brennan’s in New Orleans at the upcoming James Beard Foundation Awards in Chicago.
In a fun coincidence, these two chefs happen to be from two cities celebrating tricentennial celebrations, but also from restaurants featured on Goodtaste with Tanji! The two chefs will meet in Chicago in the hope of bringing home the nation’s most prestigious culinary award: the James Beard Foundation’s Best Chef. We’re proud of all of our Texas nominees, too: view the full list here!
This year, Chef Steve McHugh studied San Antonio’s foodways, tracing them back 300 years to explore indigenous ingredients, native growing techniques and regional pairings to honor San Antonio’s Tricentennial on his menu. McHugh is an extraordinary chef and person we’re always ecstatic to cook with — watch our feature on him and his amazing journey opening Cured at the Historic Pearl in San Antonio.
Slade Rushing is a talented chef bringing a distinctively modern approach to the elevated Creole cuisine at the iconic dining establishment, Brennan’s. It is through a series of charitable dinners for the New Orleans Tricentennial that Brennan’s pays homage to national institutions including the James Beard Foundation and Southern Foodways Alliance. Watch our feature at Brennan’s of Houston to experience this magical and iconic restaurant.
The James Beard Awards will take place on Monday, May 7, at the Lyric Opera of Chicago. We wish all of the nominees the best of luck!