THE RESTAURANT INDUSTRY’S BRIGHTEST STARS take center stage at the 2022 TEXAS RESTAURANT AWARDS
The nominees announced by the Texas Restaurant Association represent some of the Texas’ Best restaurateurs
AUSTINTexas , June 30, 2022 /PRNewswire/ — The Texas Restaurant Association (TRA) today announced the nominees for its coveted Texas Restaurant Awards, spotlighting some of the state’s most exciting hospitality leaders. The winners will be revealed at the 2022 Texas Restaurant Awards ceremony, scheduled for Sunday July 10, 2022. Planned celebration kicks off Texas Restaurant Foundation annual meeting Lone star shot at the Texas Restaurant Show (formerly TRA Marketplace), which takes place July 9-11, 2022at the Kay Bailey Hutchison Convention Center, Dallas, TX.
“We are thrilled to recognize the nominees for the 2022 awards and celebrate their outstanding achievements,” said Emilie Williams Knight, Ed.D., President and CEO of TRA and TRF. “The nominees represent restaurants from across the state of Texas, and each has demonstrated inspiring levels of dedication and excellence in their work. All of us at the Texas Restaurant Association look forward to recognizing these pioneers and industry leaders at the Texas Restaurant Awards at dallas.”
The main award categories include:
RISING STAR AWARD
This award recognizes the hard work required to open a restaurant. This person or concept is promising with ambitious goals and the courage to achieve them.
PRICE FROM THE DEEP OF THE HEART
Texas is huge and filled with incredible talent. This award is designed to highlight successful and creative restaurateurs and chefs whose concepts are not located in one of the four major metropolitan areas (Houstondallas, San AntonioWhere Austin).
EXCEPTIONAL RESTAURANT AWARD
Each year, restaurateurs across the state are honored for their work in their communities, their leadership and their entrepreneurial spirit. The finalists for this award come from the group of winners of the Outstanding Restaurateur Awards, chosen by the 23 individual chapters that make up the Texas Restaurant Association.
HALL OF HONOR
A longstanding tradition of the Texas Restaurant Association, exceptional individuals are inducted into the Hall of Honor each year to recognize their significant contribution to the Texas the restaurant industry and the association. This honor is the highest the Association can bestow. To qualify, applicants must have a minimum of 15 years of TRA membership and exemplify superior business ethics.
CHIEF TIM KELY EDUCATOR EXCELLENCE AWARD
Texas ProStart instructors who demonstrate leadership and excellence in culinary education are eligible for the annual Educator Excellence Award. Teachers should be advocates for the Texas ProStart program and dedicated to helping students succeed. Awarded to educators who have made a significant contribution in the classroom and beyond.
THE CARMELO MAURO PRIZE – THE SPIRIT OF GENEROSITY
The Carmelo Mauro Award is an annual recognition, bestowed by the Texas Restaurant Foundation (TRF), for the outstanding achievements of an individual philanthropist who has demonstrated the highest ethical standards, commitment, dedication and talent to the future of the restaurant and foodservice industry.
THE NOMINEES IN EACH CATEGORY ARE LISTED BELOW:
RISING STAR AWARD presented by SYSCO
Christian DortchGeorgia by Peter Curtisdallas
Edgar RicoNixta Taquería, Austin
Tiffany DerryRoots Southern Table, Farmers Branch
Christina Ha & Tony J. Nguyen, Xin Chao, Houston
DEEP IN THE HEART AWARD presented by BEN E. KEITH
Bernard GautierMediterranean Restaurant Bernard, Tyler
Sarah heard & Nathan LemleyTrade Coffee, Lockhart
Orlando QuintanillaMesquite BBQ, corpus Christi
Norma Frances “Tootsie” Tomanetz, Snow’s BBQ, Lexington
COMMUNITY IMPACT AWARD presented by JP ENTERPRISES
Alex Au-YeungPhat Eatery
Reggie MartinLemon Kitchen
Ruth ThompsonCuddles Coffee
OUTSTANDING RESTAURANT OF THE YEAR presented by CERBONI FINANCIAL
The Exceptional Restaurateur of the year is selected from the list of local winners of the TRA Chapter Restaurateur of the Year. Each winner and the next nominee demonstrate leadership at both the local and state level of the Texas Restaurant Association; they are involved in their local community; embody the values of fair and equitable treatment of their employees and are highly regarded by their industry peers.
Congratulations to the following TRA Chapter Restaurateur of the Year 2022 recipients:
Abilene Chapter — Lindsay Flores, Lytle Land & Cattle
Brazos Valley Chapter — Clayton RhoadesExpress Chicken
Coastal Bend Chapter — Sam CanavatiBrewsters Street Cooler
El Paso Chapter — Jim DiazPelican Steak and Seafood
Galveston Chapter — Denis Byrdfamous island
Greater Austin Chapter — Alex EagleFreebirds World Burrito
Greater Dallas Chapter — Christophe AslamRock Strategic Restaurant Group
Greater Houston Chapter — Alli JarretHarold Restaurant
Lubbock Chapter — Jerol FantaOrlando’s Italian Restaurant
Montgomery County Chapter — Darin McKenzieMcKenzie BBQ and Burgers
North Texas Chapter — Bob BracherDad Bob’s Smokewagon
Panhandle Chapter — Dallas HagerJoe Taco
Permian Basin Chapter — Michel Ramirez10 Sports Bar & Grill
Rio Grande Valley Chapter —Sony Rego, Santa Fe Steakhouse
Sabine Region Chapter — Frankie RandazzoMadison Group
San Angelo Chapter — Ronnie CajasEat on the street
San Antonio Chapter — David SaylorAcadiana Cafe
Waco Chapter — Massimo Di Campli, Di Campli’s Italian restaurant
In addition to these nominees, the TRA Hall of Honor inductees and the recipient of the Chief Tim Kelly Award for Excellence in Education have already been announced. These exceptional personalities are:
HALL OF HONOR INDUCTEES
Lisa Perini – Ranch Perini Steakhouse
Samy Citrano – Georges Restaurant
CHEF TIM KELLY EXCELLENCE EDUCATOR
“Chief TKO” Tyler Kent Osburn – Waller High School
ABOUT TEXAS RESTORATION ASSOCIATION
Founded in 1937, the Texas Restaurant Association (TRA) is the voice and indispensable resource for the restaurant industry in Texas. As a leading trade association, the TRA represents the state $70 billion the restaurant industry, which includes approximately 50,000 locations and a workforce of 1.3 million employees. Together with the Texas Restaurant Foundation, the workforce development arm of the TRA, the association proudly continues to protect, advance and educate a growing industry as the TRA enters its 85th anniversary. . For more information, please visit www.txrestaurant.org.
ABOUT TEXAS RESTORATION FOUNDATION
Established in 1994 by the Texas Restaurant Association, the Texas Restaurant Foundation (TRF) is a 501(c)3* nonprofit organization focused on providing the resources needed to help restaurant owners meet the challenges of education and work through the latest innovations in education, technology, and training as the workforce development arm of the TRA. The organization’s flagship program is Texas ProStart, an industry-based, two-year culinary arts and restaurant management program. Texas ProStart is currently present in more than 185 high schools in Texas, reaching more than 15,000 students each year. In 2020, the TRF established the TX Restaurant Relief Fund in response to the COVID-19 crisis to provide immediate financial support to independent restaurants, raising over $3.5 million and distributing over 800 grants.
SOURCE Texas Restaurant Association