DALLAS - MAY 11: World-renown chef Stephan Pyles presents two-time Indy 500 champion Helio Castroneves with a birthday cake at the Stephan Pyles Restaurant May 11, 2009 in Dallas, Texas. Castroneves was visiting Dallas to preview the June 6 Bombardier Learjet 550k at Texas Motor Speedway as well as the upcoming Indianapolis 500. (Photo by Tom Pennington/Getty Images for Texas Motor Speedway)
Celebrity Chef Stephan Pyles has once again put Dallas on the national culinary map.
He is named as an outstanding chef contender in this year's James Beard Awards contest, the "Oscars of Food."
His new restaurant, Samar by Stephan Pyles in downtown Dallas, is also named as a best new restaurant nominee.
UPDATE: Fellow DFW chef Sharon Hage of York Street is nominated in the Best Chef: Southwest category. Kudos to Hage for her nomination. (and thanks to Tim Rogers and the D Mag clan for reminding us about her nom)
Interested in who else made the semifinals?