Apr 3, 2024 - Food and Drink

Three James Beard finalists are from Dallas

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Illustration: Sarah Grillo/Axios

A Dallas restaurant and two local chefs are finalists for a 2024 James Beard award.

Why it matters: The annual awards doled out by the James Beard Foundation are basically the Oscars for American cuisine.

The big picture: The foundation is increasingly recognizing Texas cuisine in the national restaurant categories, and the awards created a regional category in 2019 just for the state.

  • This year, Dallas has two finalists in national categories: Lucia chef David Uygur for outstanding chef and Gemma for outstanding hospitality.
  • Lucia was a finalist last year in the national outstanding restaurant category but didn't win.

Zoom in: Chef Misti Norris of Petra and the Beast in Dallas was named a finalist in Texas' Best Chef category. The other nominees in the Texas category are:

What's next: The winners will be named at a June 10 gala in Chicago.

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