Omar Flores, Matt McCallister, and Brian Zenner Nominated for Food & Wine‘s Best Southwest Chef

originalJames Beard might have shunned us this year, but Food & Wine sure didn’t. Every year, the magazine does a “Best New Chef” competition. Matt McCallister of FT33 took the winning crown and the most votes last year.

He’s been nominated for the Southwest category again, along with his Dallas peers Omar Flores (Driftwood) and Brian Zenner (Belly & Trumpet).

This is pretty huge, given how 3 out of the 10 chefs in the Southwest category are from our city. Can they beat big names like Paul Qui and Justin Yu? Let’s vote so.