The 2012 James Beard Foundation Award Semifinalist List is Great News For Dallas

I’m late to the announcement of the JBF Awards semi-finalists party, but only because I am on vacation and just found a reliable internet connection.

Congrats to our Dallas area winners: Stephan Pyles in the rarefied air of Outstanding Chef, a national category; ditto for the national nod to The French Room at the Adolphus Hotel for Outstanding Service; Best Chef in the Southwest includes both Bruno Davaillon (Mansion Restaurant at Rosewood Mansion on Turtle Creek) and Teiichi Sakurai (Tei-An); and Café on the Green at Four Seasons Resort and Club Dallas at Las Colinas is in the running for Outstanding Wine Program. I’m stunned and thrilled to see Nick Badovinus’ name in the Best Restaurateur list. Badovinus is a low-key chef and restaurateur without high-profile partners or a team of publicists. His victory would be a real Cinderella story. The finalists will be announced on March 19 and the winners will be revealed at the James Beard Foundation Awards Ceremony and Gala Reception on Monday, May 7 in New York City. Go DALLAS!


  • LJT

    Thank you Nancy for “re-announcing” the local JBF nominees with an appropriate level of respect and enthusiasm.

  • Marisa

    Interesting that The French Room is mentioned for service…….since I do not speak Spanish I have found the service to be inferior. It is never acceptable to me that servers speak among themselves in a foreign language in DALLAS. At my table I only want to hear English.

  • @LJT: I concede. Nancy knows best.

  • Scott–DFW

    Marisa, I hate to break it to you, but Spanish is not a foreign language around here.

  • I am running about 12 hours behind news time. I am in Brazil and having trouble accessing the internet and getting posts up. I don’t care what language the speak at the French Room, the program established by JD is the best in Dallas and deserves to compete against nationally acclaimed restaurants. I believe Dallas is well-represented in this ballot. Except for James Tidwell and/or Drew Hendricks in wine professionals category. I don’t know of two people who have worked harder to advance wine programs on a state-wide level. I recently dined at The Mansion and was blown away. Tei-An is no brainer. ‘The national recognition for Nick Badovinus is well-deserved. I feel it’s a great presentation of Dallas–candidates who have a chance to win.

  • sara

    @mirasa, inferior to what…..most service people in Dallas are bilingual maybe you should educate yourself and learn Spanish. Service at the French Room is outstanding. People like you give DALLAS a bad name.

  • James T

    Nancy, thank you for posting the semi-finalists. The nominees are a stellar group, and I am very happy that the team at Cafe on the Green has been placed into such company. Your comment about Drew and I is much-appreciated and humbling. Texas is in the top rank of dynamic wine markets, both from a service and production perspective, due to the efforts of many passionate and determined people. These people cause me to be excited for the future of the industry here.