Today, the James Beard Foundation dropped its annual list of semifinalists for the 2019 James Beard Awards, and a number of Dallasites made the cut.
Chef Misti Norris’s Petra and the Beast is nominated in the Restaurant of the Year category, arguably the Beard Awards’s most prestigious honor. Bullion pastry chef Ricardo “Ricchi” Sanchez is an Outstanding Pastry Chef nominee, and recently-revamped The French Room at the Adolphus Hotel is nominated for Outstanding Service. This is a significant uptick in local nominees from last year’s list of semi-finalists, when only Revolver Taco Lounge’s Regino Rojas was nominated.
Three Dallas chefs — Bullion’s Bruno Davaillon, Regino Rojas, and David Uygur of Lucia — will vie for Best Chef, Southwest against other contenders from Arizona, Utah, Texas, and Colorado.
This long list of semi-finalists will be whittled down to a list of finalists on March 27 at a press conference held in Houston, and the James Beard Awards will be held on May 7 in Chicago. Stay tuned to find out if any Dallasites make the next cut.
Disclosure: Some Vox Media staff members are part of the voting body for the James Beard Foundation Awards.