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The CultureMap Tastemaker Awards is our annual celebration of the top talent in Dallas-Fort Worth's restaurant and bar communities, as selected by their peers. Our mission is to shine a spotlight on the people making the local restaurant scene special and honor their innovation, energy, and creativity.

Join us August 19 at Fashion Industry Gallery (F.I.G.) for our signature in-person tasting event and awards ceremony. We’ll celebrate all of the nominees and unveil the winners, and you’ll sample bites and sip specialty drinks along the way.

Get to know all of the nominees in a special editorial series leading up to the event, then join us August 19 as we toast the Tastemakers.

CultureMap Tastemaker Awards
August 19, 2021
GA 7 pm | VIP 6 pm
Fashion Industry Gallery

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NOMINEES

DALLAS

RESTAURANT OF THE YEAR
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CHEF OF THE YEAR
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RISING STAR CHEF OF THE YEAR
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BAR OF THE YEAR
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BARTENDER OF THE YEAR
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WINE PROGRAM OF THE YEAR
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BREWERY OF THE YEAR
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PASTRY CHEF OF THE YEAR
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NEIGHBORHOOD RESTAURANT OF THE YEAR
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BEST NEW RESTAURANT
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BEST GHOST KITCHEN
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FORT WORTH

RESTAURANT OF THE YEAR
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CHEF OF THE YEAR
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BAR OF THE YEAR
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BEST NEW RESTAURANT
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JUDGES

Dallas

Teresa Gubbins
Senior Editor, CultureMap

Chas Martin
Owner, The Charles

2020 Restaurant of the Year

Toby Archibald
Chef

2020 Rising Star Chef of the Year

Gavin Secchi
Founder and Brewmaster, 3 Nations Brewing

2020 Brewery of the Year

Diana Zamora
Chef and Owner, Nena Postreria

2020 Pastry Chef of the Year

Josh Hendrix
General Manager, Parliament

2020 Bartender of the Year

Jacob Tindall
Partner, 5G Studio Collaborative

2020 Hero Award

Lisa Stroup
Food and Beverage Professional

Marc Ramirez
Founder, Barmoire

Kim Pham
Founder, Kimmy Eats

Fabian Hernandez
General Manager of Oishii and Certified Sommelier

Jamil Bata
Founder, Bata Eats

Vu Ly
Founder, Asian Grub in DFDUB

Stephan Courseau
Owner, Georgie By Curtis Stone

Janice Provost
Owner, Parigi Dallas

Alex Gonzalez
Dallas Food Writer

Fort Worth

Teresa Gubbins
Senior Editor, CultureMap

Stephanie Merry
Managing Editor, CultureMap

Chef Sarah Hooton
Co-Owner, Hot Box Biscuit Club

2020 Best New Restaurant

Markus Kypreos
Founder/President, Blackland Distillery

2020 Bar of the Year

Mike Hoque
CEO, Hoque Global

2020 Hero Award

Malcolm Mayhew
Contributor, CultureMap Fort Worth

Celestina Blok
Contributor, CultureMap Fort Worth

Samantha Calimbahin
Managing Editor, Fort Worth Magazine

Eric Griffey
Journalist

Connie Bally
Founder, Fort Worth Foodies

Henry Abuto
Chef and Owner, ByWasonga

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PARTNERS

DEEP ELLUM BREWING COMPANY

To show their dissatisfaction with the status quo, the four founders of Deep Ellum Brewing Company set up shop in Dallas' most nefarious neighborhood, and between their big personalities and their bigger beers, they have shown Big D what it's been missing. They chose this place, this location, and this facility for a reason. It's loud, somewhat smelly, always fun, and it changes every day, just like Deep Ellum.

TOPO CHICO

Topo Chico Sparkling Mineral Water has been bottled at source in Monterrey, Mexico, since 1895. Refreshing and versatile, it satisfies your thirst or serves as a perfect mixer.

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BENEFICIARY

Harvest Project Food Rescue

The Harvest Project Food Rescue is a 501(c)3 Non-Profit that was started to fight food insecurity and food waste in the city of Dallas. It is supported and run by volunteers, and with the help of community partners, the organization is able to distribute free fresh produce baskets to hundreds of families a week.

In 2014, the Harvest Project Food Rescue was born from the need to meet food insecurity in many low-income parts of Dallas. In partnership with South Coast Produce Inc., founders Danae Gutierrez and Luis Carrillo started redirecting imperfect produce that would not be bought by grocery stores to undeserved and food insecure communities.

The focus of the food distribution program is to make produce accessible to all families with no requirements or charge.

The Harvest Project helps communities decolonize their diet to live a healthier life and promote a sustainable food system. The organization is dedicated to spearheading city policy and state laws to achieve food justice for all communities.