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San Antonio all-star nabs best chef nomination from James Beard Awards

San Antonio all-star nabs best chef nomination from James Beard Awards

Steven McHugh chef Cured Pearl San Antonio
Steve McHugh of Cured is nominated for Best Chef: Southwest.  Cured at Pearl/Facebook

The nominees for the 2016 James Beard Awards have been announced, and it's a good year for one San Antonio all-star.

Chef Steve McHugh of Cured is nominated for Best Chef: Southwest. He's joined by three other prestigious Texans: Bryce Gilmore of Barley Swine in Austin, Hugo Ortega of Caracol in Houston, and Justin Yu of Oxheart in Houston.

McHugh earns the nod for his work at Cured, the charcuterie-focused restaurant in the burgeoning Pearl district. Before opening Cured, his first solo endeavor, McHugh was executive chef of San Antonio's Lüke. If he wins, McHugh will join an elite group of Texas chefs with the title, including Austin chefs Aaron Franklin, Paul Qui, and Tyson Cole and Houston's Chris Shepherd. 

Winners will be revealed at the 2016 James Beard Awards on May 2 at the Lyric Opera of Chicago.

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