A cookbook author and teacher, James Beard was a trailblazer of American cuisine who helped educate and mentor generations of professional chefs and food enthusiasts. Today, the James Beard Foundation continues in the same spirit by offering a variety of events and programs designed to educate, inspire, entertain, and foster a deeper understanding of our culinary culture. Every year, the foundation presents awards nationwide to the country’s top culinary talent.
In its semi-finalist round, the 2016 James Beard Awards have recognized several restaurants in the Houston area for this prestigious recognition. Below are the semi-finalist nominees, along with their categories of nomination.
Best New Restaurant
Outstanding Bar Program
Best Chef: Southwest