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The CultureMap Tastemaker Awards is our annual celebration of the top talent in Austin and San Antonio'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 5 at Fair Market 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 5 as we toast the Tastemakers.

CultureMap Tastemaker Awards
August 5, 2021
GA 7 pm | VIP 6 pm
Fair Market

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NOMINEES

AUSTIN

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
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BEST NEW RESTAURANT
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BEST GHOST KITCHEN
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SAN ANTONIO

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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BEST GHOST KITCHEN
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JUDGES

Austin

Chantal Rice
Editor, CultureMap Austin + San Antonio

Trey Gutierrez
Contributor, CultureMap Austin + San Antonio

Philip Speer
Co-owner/Operator, Comedor

2020 Restaurant of the Year

Sarah Heard
Chef/Owner, Foreign & Domestic

2020 Chef of the Year

Edgar Ulysses Rico and Sara Mardanbigi
Co-Owners, Nixta Taqueria

2020 Rising Star Chef of the Year

Jules Stoddart
Executive Pastry Chef, Olamaie

2020 Pastry Chef of the Year

Kirsten Maitland
Co-owner, Rebel Cheese

2020 Best New Restaurant

Joel Fried
Owner, Eldorado Cafe

2020 Best Queso

John DiCicco
Executive Chef, Kinda Tropical

2020 Bar of the Year

Laura Maddox
Bartender/Manager, Small Victory

2020 Bartender of the Year

Steven Dilley
Owner, Bufalina

2020 Wine Program of the Year

Derrick Chubbs
President/CEO, Central Texas Food Bank

2020 Hero Award

San Antonio

PJ Edwards
Chef/Co-owner, Meadow Neighborhood Eatery and Bar

2020 Restaurant of the Year

Samuel Ransom, Jr.
Co-owner/Chef, 225° Urban Smoke

2020 Best New Restaurant

Jason Dady
Owner, Jason Dady Restaurant Group

2020 Hero Award

Chantal Rice
Editor, CultureMap Austin + San Antonio

Trey Gutierrez
Contributor, CultureMap Austin + San Antonio

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PARTNERS

OSKAR BLUES BREWERY • AUSTIN, TX

In 2002, in the funky little town of Lyons, Colorado, Oskar Blues shattered craft beer convention by stuffing its voluminously hopped mutha of a brew, Dale’s Pale Ale, into a portable, crushable, infinitely recyclable can. Craft beer in a can stays fresher for longer, and it’s easy to pack in (and pack out) on any soul-saving adventure. They now operate breweries in Colorado, North Carolina, and Texas to provide craft beer in a can to all 50 states (Washington, D.C. included) and 17 other countries.

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

CENTRAL TEXAS FOOD BANK

The Central Texas Food Bank works with food donors across the country, financial supporters, and volunteers to fill unmet needs in Central Texas. This commitment from private, government, and charitable partners allowed the organization to bring nearly 54 million meals to the community last year.

The organization does this in three key ways.

• It shares free food and knowledge on low-cost, healthy eating with families in need.

• It assists families who qualify for federal assistance programs.

• And finally, it makes food affordable for charitable and government partners.

The Central Texas Food Bank is a registered 501(c)(3) and a member of Feeding America and Feeding Texas.

Its service territory includes: Bastrop, Bell, Blanco, Burnet, Caldwell, Coryell, Falls, Fayette, Freestone, Gillespie, Hays, Lampasas, Lee, Limestone, Llano, McLennan, Milam, Mills, San Saba, Travis, and Williamson counties. Roughly 300 partner agencies have joined the Central Texas Food Bank to serve families in 21 Central Texas counties at soup kitchens, food pantries, after-school programs, snack programs, and other service sites.