2023 James Beard Awards features San Antonio chefs and businesses – San Antonio Express-News

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Lattoia Massey, better known as Chef Nicola Blaque, is the chef and co-owner of the Jamaican restaurant The Jerk Shack.

Lattoia Massey, better known as Chef Nicola Blaque, is the chef and co-owner of the Jamaican restaurant The Jerk Shack.

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The James Beard Foundation has announced its list of semifinalists for the 2023 Restaurant and Chef Awards, and the San Antonio area is making its mark once again. Last year, eight area chefs, bakers and restaurants earned semifinalist honors.

This year’s semifinalists include several contestants in national categories and a tag-team of talent in the Best Chef: Texas category. Here are the semifinalists.

Emerging Chef: Jennifer Hwa Dobbertin of Best Quality Daughter

Outstanding Pastry Chef or Baker: Anne Ng of Bakery Lorraine

Outstanding Bar: Weathered Souls Brewing Co.

Best Chef: Texas: Lattoia Massey, better known as Nicola Blaque, of The Jerk Shack; Andrew Ho, Andrew Samia and Sean Wen of Curry Boys BBQ;  John Russ of Clementine; and Ernest Servantes and David Kirkland of Burnt Bean Co. in Seguin.

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