Of Food & Wine magazine's ten "best new chefs," a designation given every year to up-and-comers in the United States food scene, three are from Texas. Way to represent, lone star state!
The magazine released its annual list this week, and chefs from Houston, Austin and Dallas made the cut, proving that Texas is a culinary force to be reckoned with.
Dana Cowin, editor-in-chief of Food & Wine, announced the winners by tweeting Instagram selfies with the ten chosen chefs. On the list? Paul Qui of Qui in Austin, Matt McCallister of FT33 in Dallas, and our very own Justin Yu of Oxheart.
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Of Yu, the magazine wrote, "In the middle of meat-loving Houston, he's become famous for his extraordinary garden prix fixe menu, featuring preserved, raw and caramelized vegetables. At $49, it's one of the country's best bargains."
Yu is also a nominee for a James Beard Award for Best Chef Southwest this year, along with Houstonians Chris Shepherd and Hugo Ortega. He'll find out if he's won at the awards ceremony, on May 5.
In the past, Houston's been represented on Food & Wine's best new chefs list by Monica Pope in 1996, Bryan Caswell in 2009 and Chris Shepherd in 2013.