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My Table Award Winners Revealed Last Night

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It's awards season in the Houston food world and the swankiest and safest of them all happened last night at the My Table Houston Culinary Awards.

Instead of waxing philosophical about it all, we'll just tell you the winners of the main categories and let you decide for yourself.

Here they are, complete with the press release:

HOUSTON – October 2, 2011 . . . Houston’s top chefs, restaurateurs, industry professionals and local “foodies” gathered for the 2011 Houston Culinary Awards, held in the ballroom at the Hilton Hotel at the University of Houston. The awards, presented annually by My Table magazine and this year co-presented by Sysco, recognize Houston’s top culinary talent with awards given in 10 main categories, voted on by the dining public. For the second year, the event also included the 15 newer Foodie Star Awards. The 13th annual Legends of Houston Restaurants award was presented to Jim Gossen, president/CEO of Louisiana Foods Global Seafood Source and Jimmy G’s restaurant, and event proceeds benefited the Foodways Texas.

Winners of the 2011 Houston Culinary Awards are:

RESTAURATEURS OF THE YEAR ~ Harris Pappas & Chris Pappas, Pappas Restaurant Group

CHEF OF THE YEAR ~ Hugo Ortega, Hugo’s and Backstreet Cafe

UP-AND-COMING CHEF OF THE YEAR (age 35 or younger) ~ Philippe Gaston, Haven


PASTRY CHEF OF THE YEAR (includes breadmakers) ~ Bobby Jucker, Three Brothers Bakery

OUTSTANDING BAR SERVICE ~ Brennan’s of Houston

SERVICE PERSON OF THE YEAR ~ Hector Andrade, Mockingbird Bistro Wine Bar

HOUSTON CLASSIC (a restaurant in business for 10 or more years) ~ Niko Niko’s

BEST INTERIOR DESIGN ~ Brennan’s of Houston

BEST NEW RESTAURANT (must have opened since June 1, 2010) ~ El Real Tex-Mex Cafe

Winners of the 2011 Houston Food Star Awards are:

Favorite Mom & Pop Ethnic ~ Niki Niko’s
Favorite Late Night Spot ~ Katz’s Deli
Favorite Bakery ~ Three Brothers Bakery
Favorite Mixologist ~ Justin T. Burrow
Favorite Barbecue ~ Luling City Market
Favorite Food Truck/Cart ~ Eatsie Boys
Favorite Breakfast ~ The Breakfast Klub
Favorite Supermarket ~ H-E-B
Favorite Burger ~ Hubcap Grill
Favorite Pub or Bar ~ The Ginger Man
Favorite Coffeehouse ~ Brasil
Favorite Sweets/Ice Cream ~ Amy’s Ice Creams
Favorite Houston Food Blog ~
Favorite Wine Seller ~ Central Market
Favorite Outdoor Dining ~ Brenner’s Steakhouse on the Bayou

· My Table Houston Culinary Awards [Official Site]
· Houston's Crowded Restaurant Awards Scene [EHTX]
Photo: My Table Awards. [My Table/Facebook]

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