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Jesse Perez to Cook for James Beard Foundation

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Jesse Perez

Jesse Perez

Jesse Perez of Arcade Midtown Kitchen, 312 Pearl Parkway, has been invited to cook at for the James Beard Foundation in New York.

He and his team will be serving dinner for the prestigious culinary foundation on June 20.

It is his first invitation, he said, displaying a great deal of excitement at the prospect of bringing his cuisine to New York.

In other Beard news from this morning, no one from San Antonio made it to the finalist’s round this year. Several restaurants and chefs had been among the semifinalists, but not one made it to the finals round.

Biga on the Banks, 203 S. St. Mary’s St., was included on the list of Outstanding Service in the entire country.

Included in the list of semifinalists for Best Chef in the Southwest were Michael Sohocki of Restaurant Gwendolyn, 152 E. Pecan St., and David Gilbert, who recently left Sustenio at Éilan Hotel, 17101 La Cantera Parkway.

The nominees for best chef of the Southwest:

Kevin Binkley
Binkley’s Restaurant
Cave Creek, AZ

Bryce Gilmore
Barley Swine
Austin

Jennifer Jasinski
Rioja
Denver

Hugo Ortega
Hugo’s
Houston

Chris Shepherd
Underbelly
Houston

The awards will be presented May 3 and 6 in New York City. The list of finalists can be found at the foundation’s website: www.jamesbeard.org/awards.

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