Randy Evans, of Haven, in Houston, created a new hot dog for the James Coney Island franchise.
The restauranteur nabbed chef Rebecca Meeker--formerly the chef de Cuisine at David Bull's Congress--to be a chef and project manager at the Austin landmark Jeffrey's.
Jodi Elliott, of Foreign and Domestic in Austin, was recognized as the People's Best New Pastry Chef.
Underbelly's chef Chris Shepherd was named one of the ten best new chefs in America.
Eight Texas chefs, restaurants, and writers are finalists for the prestigous awards.