The nominees for this year’s James Beard Foundation Awards were announced Monday, and no one from San Antonio was among the nominees. It was the first time in years that one of the city’s best chefs had not made the list.
The nominees for best chef in the Southwest included only one Texan, first-time nominee Bryan Caswell of Reef in Houston. Other nominees included Ryan Hardy of Montagna at Little Nell in Aspen, Colo., as well as Saipin Chutima of Lotus of Siam, Claude Le Tohic of Joel Robuchon at MGM Grand Hotel and Rick Moonen of RM Seafood at Mandalay Bay, all of Las Vegas.
There was a name with a local connection on the list. Culinary Institute of America president Tim Ryan, who has visited the San Antonio campus on numerous occasions, was nominated for the Who’s Who of Food & Beverage in America award. He is in charge of the schools three campuses, including Hyde Park, N.Y., and Greystone, Calif., in addition to San Antonio.
SavorSA has written about several of the cookbooks that have been nominated. The list includes:
- “Lidia Cooks From the Heart of Italy,” by Lidia Matticchio Bastianich and Tanya Bastianich Manuali, for best international cookbook.
- “Ad Hoc at Home,” by Thomas Keller, for best general cooking
- “The Pleasures of Cooking for One,” by Judith Jones, for best general cooking
- “Real Cajun,” by Donald Link with Paula Disbrowe, for best American cooking
For a full list of the nominees, click here. Winners will be announced May 2.