Jun 10, 2024 - Food and Drink

San Antonio's James Beard hopes remains unsatiated

Ana Liz Pulido bites her James Beard medal after winning Best Chef in Texas.

Ana Liz Pulido celebrates her win as best chef in Texas. Photo: Moyo Adeolu/Axios

San Antonio left empty-handed from last night's James Beard Awards ceremony celebrating the best chefs and restaurants in the country.

State of play: We started with four semifinalists representing the Alamo City, and those were whittled down to two: Mixtli for outstanding restaurant and Chris Cullum, of Cullum's Attaboy, for best chef in Texas.

  • None clinched the top prize this year.

Yes, but: One bright spot shone for Texas during the ceremony in Chicago.

  • Ana Liz Pulido, chef and owner of Ana Liz Taqueria in Mission, won best chef in Texas, beating out her counterparts in larger cities.
  • Pulido is proud to represent her South Texas and Mexican culture at her small restaurant, where everything is made from scratch, she told Axios.

Between the lines: Going home with an award or not, making it off the long list of semifinalists is résumé-worthy.

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