Houston at the James Beard Awards: Robb Walsh wins a third food Oscar, BryanCaswell waits
Friday night at New York's Espace, the country's best cookbook authors, food writers and culinary television personalities gathered at the James Beard Foundation Media Awards for a shot at the Oscar of the food world — and one Houstonian went home with a medal.
Robb Walsh won his third James Beard in the Journalism Awards category of "Food Culture and Travel" for the article "The Southerner's Guide to Oysters," in Garden & Gun magazine, co-written with Rick Bragg and Francine Maroukian.
Speaking to Walsh about the nomination a few weeks ago at his new restaurant, El Real Tex-Mex, he humbly suggested that the best way to get a James Beard nomination was to write an article with a much more famous and award-winning co-author. Of course this comes from someone who has been a nominee or a winner of said awards about a dozen times himself.
Walsh was joined in representing Houston by Houston Press food critic Katharine Shilcutt, who was nominated in the category "Multimedia Food Feature" for her Press piece "Designer Meats." Shilcutt lost out to Michael Gebert and Julia Thiel of The Chicago Reader.
We'll have to wait until the James Beard Restaurant and Chef Awards on Monday to see if Walsh will be joined in victory by his El Real partner. Bryan Caswell is a nominee for the second year in a row in the Best Chef: Southwest category.