Our four chefs walked away empty-handed, yes, but this week's glamorous ceremony continued the trend of honoring more diverse and female finalists.
And yet, after the state’s even more stellar showing in the semifinals, the announcement feels disappointing.
Among the surprises: The Original Ninfa's in Houston makes its first appearance as a contender for Outstanding Restaurant.
No winning chefs from our state this time, but the restaurant celebration was a big night for women, chefs of color, and immigrant rights.
Austin and San Antonio chefs makes the final round, as does Anvil in Houston. Winners will be announced May 7.
For the third time in four years, the prestigious restaurant and chef awards recognize a pitmaster.
Including Aaron Franklin, Gilmore, Hugo Ortega, and Justin Yu.
More than a dozen restaurants represent the state.
Chris Shepherd, of Underbelly in Houston, takes home the big prize.
Four of the five chefs nominated for Best Chef Southwest hail from Texas.