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Meats, sides, and the Big Red tres leches from Burnt Bean Co. in Seguin.Texas racked up an impressive 39 semifinalists, including 20 for Best Chef: Texas, in the first of three rounds of voting in the 2024 Restaurant and Chef Awards competition, announced today by the James Beard Foundation. The awards—typically described as the Oscars of the restaurant industry—will have two more rounds of voting. Nominees will be named on April 3. On June 10, winners will be announced at the annual awards ceremony and gala in Chicago.This year will be the third to reflect massive changes in the foundation’s awards procedure. Prior to the COVID-19 pandemic, most restaurants that received nods were fine-dining establishments from large cities. But since 2022, following a massive overhaul of the competition rules designed to improve both inclusivity and geographic scope, lesser-known…

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