Dallas Chefs and Restaurants Shunned By James Beard Award Finals Committee Once Again

The James Beard Foundation hosted a press brunch at The Publican in Chicago. They announced the finalists for the 2014 James Beard Awards. Dallas chefs and restaurants did not make it through to the finals.

One wonders: are these medals or coins?

The James Beard Foundation hosted a press brunch at The Publican in Chicago. They announced the finalists for the 2014 James Beard Awards. I thought it was a good sign when the semi-finalists were announced in February and our great city was represented thusly:

Outstanding Wine Program:  Café on the Green at the Four Seasons Las Colinas

Outstanding Service:  Abacus, Rosewood Mansion on Turtle Creek

Best Chef Southwest:  Matt McCallister (FT 33), John Tesar (Spoon), David Uygur (Lucia)

Best New Restaurant: Casa Rubia, Dallas

The only names from Texas uttered for the “Best Chef Southwest”  were: Bryce Gilmore (Barley Swine in Austin), Hugo Ortega  (Hugo’s), Chris Shepherd (Underbelly), and Justin Yu (Oxheart) from Houston. Congratulations to Tom and Lisa Perini. Perini Ranch Steakhouse in Buffalo Gap will be honored as an American Classic restaurant and Chef Tim Byres is a semi-finalist in the Cookbooks: General Cooking category for Smoke: New Firewood Cooking.

At this moment I am confined to my bed with a high temperature and a nasty bacterial infection. I have the urge to make an editorial statement about the James Beard Awards, but today I’m going to stay above the fray and swallow a few more Tesla pearls. However, I have one little nagging thought:  if a few more Dallas companies would like to sponsor some of the national awards, I think we might see some different results.

The James Beard Foundation Awards Ceremony and Gala Reception will take place at the David H. Koch Theater at Lincoln Center in New York City on Monday, May 5, 2014. The 2014 James Beard Foundation Awards are presented with support by the following partners: Premier Sponsors: All-Clad Metalcrafters, Lenox Tableware and Gifts; Supporting Sponsors: Acqua Panna® Natural Spring Water, Breville, The Coca-Cola Company, Delta Air Lines, Lavazza, S.Pellegrino® Sparkling Natural Mineral Water, Stella Artois®, Valrhona; Gala Reception Sponsors: Celebrity Cruises®, Ecolab, Food Network & Cooking Channel; Additional Support: Chefwear, VerTerra Dinnerware, Visit Orlando®.



  • Matt

    D Magazine employee suggesting that purchasing sponsorships/advertisements with a deciding board will influence the results of what is essentially a “best of” award? Unsurprising, considering that is D Magazine’s current model for how they award the best of attorneys and doctors….

  • BradfordPearson

    You literally have no idea what you’re talking about.

  • Matt

    I literally do. The D Magazine editors get ULTRA DEFENSIVE when one suggests that the candidates have to purchase space to be on the “Best Of” lists. Turns out, they kinda do. There has been a lot of discussion about it on Frontburner. I suggest you research before you flip out, writing a poorly thought out defense (if you can even call your petulant post a “defense”) of D Magazine.

  • BradfordPearson

    Matt- I work here. I know that you don’t have to purchase space to be on a “Best of” list. I apologize if my correctness came across as petulance.

  • Carol Shih

    Brad doesn’t need to do research because he works here and knows how things work. Nobody has to purchase an ad space in order to be on the “Best Of” lists. Frankly, editors barely know who is buying ad space or not buying ad space.

  • Elizabeth Beene

    excellent point…. “However, I have one little nagging thought: if a few more Dallas companies would like to sponsor some of the national awards, I think we might see some different results.”

  • Fowler Nordheim

    “Tesla pearls”… Tylenol pills ?

  • Scott Reitz

    And the first nomination for James Beard sponsorship on behalf of the fine city of Dallas goes to………………………………………Pizza Hut.

    • Scott Reitz

      Feel better Nancy!

    • Greg Brown

      Great idea! Pizza Hut is based in Dallas and their crust ain’t all floppy like that Conne Rosa stuff.

  • Know-It-All RN

    Know-It-All nurse here. It’s “tessalon perles”. They suppress cough. I’m sorry; I couldn’t let it lie.

  • Matt

    Well one thing is correct: you weirdos sure do react VIOLENTLY and very defensive when people suggest that.

    What you people refuse to answer is twofold: after being “invited” to purchase ad space when informed that they are being considered for the best of list, 1) how many purchase ad space, and 2) if they don’t purchase ad space, how many of them actually make the list?

    You guys want so desperately for us to think your best of lists are 100% straight and legitimate. They are not, and they are driven by ad sales. That said, it’s funny that this article would bristle at the thought that purchasing ad space would influence the results of a similar best of list. That made me laugh.

  • Matt

    …and you’re still being petulant.

  • Mmm

    Yes. It gave me a laugh especially when one of the posts referenced best drs. That explains how the dr that almost killed my ex on the operating table, cancelled two follow up appts and then kept him waiting 4 hours for the appointment that he did keep, that other drs in the hospital rolled their eyes when it was mentioned that he did the surgery, and one even slipped us a handwritten # for a malpractice lawyer! was named one of d mags top drs. Oh well. Standards vary.