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Texas' Notable Chefs

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If you imagine guys working the barbeque when you hear the phrase "Texas cook,” you’ll be surprised when you visit. These days you’ll find the state is filled with fine dining and award-winning cuisine. Mixing traditional influences, local ingredients, and modern techniques—and spiked with the proud influences of Texas’ many immigrant ethnic groups—Lone Star fare has become a major culinary force.
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1100 Westheimer Rd, Houston, TX 77006, USA
Underbelly, still under the same management and led by the same chef, is now called Southern Smoke.

Chef Chris Shepherd has described Houston as, "the most secretive and dynamic culinary destination in the country," and he incorporates that belief...
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1807 Ross Ave #200, Dallas, TX 75201, USA
Born in the Panhandle’s Big Springs, Stephan Pyles might be uniquely responsible for retooling the cuisine of Texas. A leading authority on Modern Texas Cuisine (also sometimes called Southwestern Cuisine), Pyles won his first James Beard award in...
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1617 Hi Line Dr, Dallas, TX 75207, USA
There’s a saying in Texas: “I wasn’t born in Texas, but I got here as fast as I could.” That applies to Chef Matt McCallister, a Scottsdale native who cooked in kitchens across the United States before landing in Dallas. He also received a James...
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904 Westheimer Rd, Houston, TX 77006, USA
Uchi pushes gastronomic boundaries by combining local ingredients with seafood from around the world to deliver contemporary Japanese cuisine. The restaurant follows a sustainable philosophy, maintaining a close relationship with local farmers and...
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1133 Austin Hwy, San Antonio, TX 78209, USA
Reality bites—but not when you go to an open casting call and end up on “Food Network star.” That’s what happened with dimpled, bicep-sporting, Turin-born Luca Della Casa, who brings his Italian intuition to San Antonio’s Silo Elevated Cuisine and...
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709 E 6th St, Austin, TX 78701, USA
Thank heavens Drew Curren studied abroad in Tuscany: that’s where this highly respected chef, Hyde Park Culinary Institute of America graduate, and Bravo "Top Chef" competitor first fell in love with food. Curren had wanted to be a vet—but Italy...
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2800 Kirby Dr B132, Houston, TX 77098, USA
In a city like Houston, which is bursting with international flavor, it’s not difficult to find fantastic Indian food. But Anita Jaisinghani, who formerly owned the beloved Indika, serves up the best of the best with Pondicheri. The menu...
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23808 Resort Pkwy, San Antonio, TX 78261, USA
A stay at this resort offers the best of many worlds: easy access to San Antonio and its airport, proximity to scenic Hill Country and its wineries, and plenty of on-site amenities to encourage you to hang around. Spread over 600 acres, the...
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1302 Nance St, Houston, TX 77002, USA
Chef Justin Yu is a master at pulling flavor from his ingredients, particularly vegetables. Set in Houston’s Warehouse District, guests will hear vintage records spinning, enjoy a relaxed, industrial-chic atmosphere, and discover an unforgettable...
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1201 S Lamar Blvd, Austin, TX 78704, USA
Bryce Gilmore, the chef at Odd Duck, carved his own path to success working in restaurants across the nation, where he developed a cooking style that celebrated rustic food and bold flavors. At the same time, he built close connections to farmers,...
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408 W Eighth St #101, Dallas, TX 75208, USA
With its tiny, intimate location (inside a 1920s-era former home) and all the accolades (including a James Beard semifinalist nod for Best Chef, Southwest), this Bishop Arts District spot remains one of the harder reservations to snag in...
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2330 W N Loop Blvd, Austin, TX 78756, USA
Miguel Ravago first learned to cook in his grandmother’s kitchen. Later, a stint in Mexico and a friendship with Mexican cuisine maven, Diane Kennedy, honed his classic recipes and readied him to open his own restaurant. More than thirty years...
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1103 S Shepherd Dr, Houston, TX 77019, USA
“Work hard,” says Hugo Ortega, “and people will give you a chance.” Ortega began working in restaurants as a dishwasher. Now, with three acclaimed restaurants, he still works hard—and for that, he has received James Beard nominations aplenty, and...
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2805 S State Hwy 16, Fredericksburg, TX 78624, USA
Though born in Detroit, Ross Burtwell understands Texas: the chef and owner of Cabernet Grill, located in the quaint Hill Country town of Fredericksburg. Learning to cook in Dallas, this award-winning chef moved from the city to the country and...
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The Austonian, 200 Congress Ave, Austin, TX 78701, USA
One of the godfathers of the New American cuisine movement, David Bull has been repeatedly recognized and lauded by manifold culinary organizations—including James Beard. Experimental, unafraid to evolve, and particularly good at evoking nostalgia...