Talk about a wipe out. Despite the nominees announcement dinner being held in Houston last night, not a single Houston chef, bar or restaurant was named today as a nominee in the 2019 James Beard Awards. No nominees, means no winners this year.
All those happy faces at last night's dinner at Hugo Ortega's restaurant had to be at least a bit sadder today
Even in the regional awards, voters sidestepped Houston, choosing instead to shed some love on Austin with three Best Chef in the Southwest picks there and one for San Antonio. From there, they moved to Scottsdale, Arizona.
Here's the 2019 James Beard Foundation Restaurant and Chef Awards list. Winners will be announced on May 6, 2019:
Best New Restaurant
A restaurant opened in 2018 that already demonstrates excellence in cuisine and hospitality, and that is likely to make a significant impact in years to come.
A pastry chef or baker who demonstrates exceptional skill, integrity, and character in the preparation of desserts, pastries, or breads served in a retail bakery. Must have been working as a pastry chef or baker for the past five years.
Sofra Bakery and Café
Los Gatos, CA
Publican Quality Bread
Outstanding Bar Program
A restaurant or bar that demonstrates exceptional care and skill in the selection, preparation, and serving of cocktails, spirits, and/or beer.
Outstanding Chef (Presented by All-Clad Metalcrafters)
A chef who sets high culinary standards and who has served as a positive example for other food professionals. Must have been working as a chef for the past five years.
Los Gatos, CA
Outstanding Pastry Chef (Presented by Lavazza)
A pastry chef or baker who demonstrates exceptional skill, integrity, and character in the preparation of desserts, pastries, or breads served in a restaurant. Must have been working as a pastry chef or baker for the past five years.
Brothers and Sisters
Outstanding Restaurant (Presented by S.Pellegrino® Sparkling Natural Mineral Water)
A restaurant that demonstrates consistent excellence in food, atmosphere, service, and operations. Must have been in business 10 or more consecutive years.
Outstanding Restaurateur (Presented by Magellan Corporation)
A restaurateur who demonstrates creativity in entrepreneurship and integrity in restaurant operations. Must have been in the restaurant business for at least 10 years. Must not have been nominated for a James Beard Foundation chef award in the past five years.
Empire State South, Five & Ten, The National, and others
Kevin Boehm and Rob Katz
Boka Restaurant Group (Boka, Girl & the Goat, Momotaro, and others)
Little Donkey, Toro, Uni, and others
Alex Raij and Eder Montero
La Vara, Txikito, Saint Julivert Fisherie, and others
High Street Hospitality Group (Fork, High Street on Market, High Street on Hudson)
A restaurant in operation for five or more years that demonstrates consistency and exceptional thoughtfulness in hospitality and service.
Frasca Food and Wine
Swan Oyster Depot
Ann Arbor, MI
Outstanding Wine Program (Presented by Robert Mondavi Winery)
A restaurant or bar that demonstrates excellence in wine service through a carefully considered wine list and a well-informed approach to helping customers choose and drink wine.
Night + Market
Outstanding Wine, Spirits, or Beer Producer
A beer, wine, or spirits producer who demonstrates consistency and exceptional skill in his or her craft.
St. Helena, CA
Ann Marshall and Scott Blackwell
High Wire Distilling Co.
Allagash Brewing Company
St. George Spirits
Rising Star Chef of the Year (Presented by S.Pellegrino® Sparkling Natural Mineral Water)
A chef age 30 or younger who displays exceptional talent, character, and leadership ability, and who is likely to make a significant impact in years to come.
Kith and Kin
Best Chefs in America
Chefs who set high culinary standards and also demonstrate integrity and admirable leadership skills in their respective regions. A nominee may be from any kind of dining establishment but must have been working as a chef for at least five years, with the three most recent years spent in the region.
Best Chef: Great Lakes (IL, IN, MI, OH)
Mi Tocaya Antojería
Beverly Kim and Johnny Clark
David Posey and Anna Posey
Best Chef: Mid-Atlantic (D.C., DE, MD, NJ, PA, VA)
South Philly Barbacoa
Best Chef: Midwest (IA, KS, MN, MO, NE, ND, SD, WI)
Corvino Supper Club & Tasting Room
Kansas City, MO
Best Chef: New York City (Five Boroughs)
Jody Williams and Rita Sodi
Best Chef: Northeast (CT, MA, ME, NH, NY State, RI, VT)
Best Chef: Northwest (AK, ID, MT, OR, WA, WY)
Rachel Yang and Seif Chirchi
Best Chef: South (AL, AR, Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, FL, LA, MS)
San Juan, PR
Kristen Essig and Michael Stoltzfus
Best Chef: Southeast (GA, KY, NC, SC, TN, WV)
The Barn at Blackberry Farm
Andrew Ticer and Michael Hudman
Andrew Michael Italian Kitchen
Best Chef: Southwest (AZ, CO, NM, OK, TX, UT)
Emmer & Rye
Best Chef: West (CA, HI, NV)
Santa Monica, CA