James Beard Award
Four Mexican Restaurants in Running for Best New Restaurant
Four Mexican restaurants are among the semifinalists in the Best New Restaurant category for the The James Beard Foundation 2013 Restaurant and Chef Awards, and a number of other Mexican/Latin restaurants and professionals have been named semifinalists in other categories.
The semifinalists were chosen from a list of over 44,000 online entries. Finalists will be announced March 18, and winners will be announced at the gala awards ceremony May 6 in New York City.
Congratulations and good luck to the Mexican/Latin restaurants, and chefs from those establishments, selected as semifinalists in this prestigious industry competition.
Best New Restaurant
Empellón Cocina, New York City
Mateo Tapas, Duram, N.C.
Mi Casa by José Andrés at Dorado Beach, a Ritz-Carlton Reserve, Dorado, Puerto Rico
Zacatecas Tacos & Tequila, Albuquerque, N.M.
Best Bar Program
Outstanding Pastry Chef
Laura Sawicki, La Condesa, Austin
Levi Goode, Goode Company Restaurants including Goode Company Taqueria, Houston
Mike Klank and Eddie Hernandez, Taqueria del Sol, Atlanta
Outstanding Wine, Spirits or Beer Professional
Ron Cooper, Del Maguey Single Village Mezcal, Taos, N.M.
Best Chef New York City
Alex Stupak, Empellón Cocina
Best Chef Southwest
Hugo Ortega, Hugo’s, Houston
Rene Ortiz, La Condesa, Austin
Armando Pomales, Café el Central, El Paso
Best Chef West
John Sedlar, Rivera, Los Angeles
Ricardo Zarate, Mo-Chica, Los Angeles