Justin Yu, Chris Shepherd, Robert Del Grande and Hugo Ortega

Master Chefs

One of the most star-studded events in the food world rightfully came to H-Town. The James Beard Foundation broadcast its 2019 nominees during a ceremony in Houston, and on the eve of the announcement, the city’s top chefs hosted a Friends of James Beard benefit dinner at Hugo Ortega’s Caracol. Each of the several courses — plus the cocktails! — was crafted by a Beard-nominated or -winning chef, including Ortega, Robert Del Grande, Chris Shepherd, Justin Yu, Bobby Heugel and many others.

  • Carrie Wirsing and Jeanette Jenkins
    Carrie Wirsing and Jeanette Jenkins
  • Smoked brisket fritters by Seth Siegel-Gardner and Terrence Gallivan
    Smoked brisket fritters by Seth Siegel-Gardner and Terrence Gallivan
  • Synchronized dinner presentation by Caracol waitstaff
    Synchronized dinner presentation by Caracol waitstaff
  • Justin Yu, Chris Shepherd, Robert Del Grande and Hugo Ortega
    Justin Yu, Chris Shepherd, Robert Del Grande and Hugo Ortega
  • Lainie Gordon and David Mincberg
    Lainie Gordon and David Mincberg