James Beard Foundation Awards Five Dallas Restaurants and Chefs

[Editor’s Note: My bad. I changed the title of this blog post to reflect my newfound attitude. Nancy wants to add her take: “This is actually a great showing for Dallas. Flavor Hook is the name of Nick Badovinus’ company which operates four restaurants in Dallas. He is very low key and has never used a publicist or PR agency, and it is a big deal that he was nominated. Same for Bruno.”]

We’re proud that Texas has a strong showing in this year’s semifinals, but we’re not at all surprised by the results. Stephan Pyles is competing in the “Outstanding Chef” category, while Nick Badovinius of Flavor Hook is rockin’ “Outstanding Restauranteur.” The Best Chefs, SW could possibly be Dallas hotshots Teiichi Sakurai or Bruno Davaillon, depending on where those James Beardists like to get their seafood.

I added the tallies, and it’s a bit disappointing that we’re behind Houston, that sprawling mess of a city. See? Houston: 6, Dallas: 5, Austin: 3, Irving: 1

The final nominations will be announced on March 19. Cross your fingers, Dallas.

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