The chef from the Dallas-Fort Worth area barbecue restaurant makes James Beard’s “Best Chef: Texas.”

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Released by the James Beard Foundation List of 2024 James Beard Award semifinalists Texas restaurants can be found scattered throughout the list.

Annual awards are presented by the James Beard Foundation and honoring restaurateurs, authors, chefs and journalists.

Three Texas restaurants were among the semifinalists for Outstanding Restaurant: Convenience West (Marfa), Mixtli (San Antonio), and Nancy’s Hustle (Houston).

Arnulfo “Trey” Sanchez III, chef at Vaqueros Texas Bar-BQ in Grapevine, was named Best Chef: Texas.

Vaqueros Texas Bar-BQ is currently established Thursday through Sunday at Hop & Sting Brewery in Grapevine. Sanchez has old school manager skills from working with his father who ran Arnold’s Texas Bar-BQ.

“I have had a hand in sharing my Texas family style and classic barbecue with the people of Dallas-Fort Worth since 1979,” Sanchez told the Star-Telegram.


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Last year, two Fort Worth restaurants were semifinalists for the award. Don Artemio It was a semi-finalist for Best New Restaurant, while… Goldie’s BBQ He made the list of Best Chef: Texas. Don Artemio made it to the list of ten finalists.

“I’m trying to stop crying” Adrian BurciagaGeneral Manager and Co-Owner Don Artemio told the Star-Telegram after hearing the news. “I still have goosebumps. Man, this is awesome.”

More than 30 Texas restaurateurs, restaurant owners and chefs were honored this year. Below is a list of all Texas semifinalists for the 2024 James Beard Award.

Outstanding restaurant owner

Itay Ben-Eli and Itamar Levy, Souf Hospitality Group (Doris Metropolitan, Hamsa, and Badolina Bakery & Café), Houston)

The distinguished chef

David Kirkland and Ernest Cervantes, Burnt Bean Co., Seguin

David Uygur, Lucia, Dallas

Emerging chef

Obi Amosu, Chobin Blake, Houston

Best new restaurant

BARBs-BQ, Lockhart

John, Houston

Ramen del Barrio, Austin

Outstanding bakery

La Casita Bakery, Richardson

Cafeteria, Houston

An outstanding pastry chef or baker

Mariela Camacho, Panaderia Companion, Austin

Stephanie Velasquez, Emma HTX, Houston

Outstanding hospitality

Bluedoorn, Houston

Gemma, Dallas

Outstanding wine and other beverage program

Bufalina, Austin

Taconita, El Paso

Outstanding bar

Las Ramblas, Brownsville

Best Chef: Texas

Thomas Bell, Belly of the Beast, Spring

Taffel Bristol Joseph, Kanji, Austin

Emmanuel Chavez, Tatemo, Houston

Mark Clayton, Squabble, Houston

Christopher Cullum, Attaboy Cullum, San Antonio

Victoria Elizondo, Cochinita & Associates, Houston

Jeff Ellis, Mum Foods Smokehouse & Delicatessen, Austin

Alexandra Gates, Crimson, Marfa

Joseph Gomez, Con Todo, Austin

Andrew Ho, Andrew Samia, and Sean Wynn, Curry Boys BBQ, San Antonio

Jennifer Hoa Dubertin, daughter of Best Quality, San Antonio

Tracey Malicek-Ezekiel, Birdie’s, Austin

Emiliano Marentes, Elemi, El Paso

Misty Norris, Petra and the Beast, Dallas

Fermin Nunez, Suert, Austin

Ana Liz Pulido, Ana Liz Taqueria, Mission

Anastasia Quiñones-Pittman, Jose, Dallas

Regino Rojas, Purepecha, Dallas

Arnulfo Sanchez III, Vaqueros Texas Bar-B-Q, Grapevine

Rich Vanna, Heritage Table, Fresco

Finalists for the awards will be announced on April 3, and winners will be announced at a ceremony on Monday, June 10 at the Lyric Opera of Chicago.

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