Houston Chefs among James Beard Semifinalists

February 18, 2010

The movie industry has the Oscars.  TV has the Emmys.  The food industry has the James Beard Awards, and four Houstonians are nominated for the prestigious national awards, presented by the James Beard Foundation.

Plino Sandalio of Textile is nominated for Outstanding Pastry Chef.  Plinio has built a name for himself with his innovative, often surprising dessert creations.  He was a recipient of one of our 2010 Chow Down awards.

Justin Basye of Stella Sola is nominated for Rising Star Chef.

Jim and Levi Goode, of Goode Company Seafood and Goode Company BBQ, are semifinalists for Restaurateur of the Year.

Robert Del Grande of RDG+Bar Annie is a semifinalist for Outstanding Chef.
Houston is also represented in the regional awards.  Bryan Caswell of Reef, and James Silk and Richard Knight of Feast are nominated for Best Chef in the Southwestern region.

The award ceremony takes place on May 3, 2010 in New York City.

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