The winners of each award are announced at the Lone Star Bash feat. the Texas Restaurant Awards each summer at the Texas Restaurant Show. The Lone Star Bash is part of a weekend of events surrounding Texas Restaurant Show, the largest industry trade show and educational conference in the southwestern United States that regularly brings in 5,000 or more attendees.

Three new awards have been introduced in 2021, including the Deep in the Heart Award, celebrating chefs and restaurant owners working outside of a major metropolitan city. Another new award is the Rising Star Award presented by Savory Restaurant Fund, an honor that highlights the achievements of up-and-coming brands.


Rising Star Award - presented by Savory Restaurant Fund

This award recognizes the hard work that goes into opening a restaurant. This person or concept is an up-and-comer with ambitious goals and the grit to achieve them. Open to restaurant owners and chefs with a restaurant business which opened no later than January 1, 2020.

  • 2021: Harlan Scott (Industry – San Marcos)
  • Deadline: April 30, 2022

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Deep in the Heart Award

Texas is massive and filled with amazing talent. This award is designed to highlight those successful and creative restaurant owners and chefs with concepts not located in one of the big four metro areas (Houston, Dallas, San Antonio, or Austin).

  • 2021: Sanif Maredia (MESS Waffles – College Station)
  • Deadline: April 30, 2022

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Outstanding Restaurateur Award

Every year, restaurateurs around the state are honored for work in their communities, leadership success, and entrepreneurial spirit. Winners of the Outstanding Restaurateur Award are recognized during Lone Star Bash ft. the Texas Restaurant Awards event.

The third new award for 2021 is the Texas Restaurateur of the Year Award. The finalists for this award come from the pool of Outstanding Restaurateur Awards, chosen by their chapter. The Outstanding Restaurateur and finalists for the Texas Restaurateur of the Year Award are:

2021 Winner of the Texas Restaurateur of the Year Award: Masroor Fatany (The Halal Guys – Houston)

2021 Oustanding Restaurateur Award Winners:

  • Luis and Rita Barragan (Casa Chapala – Austin)
  • May Nardone (Mikel May’s Beachside Bar and Grill – Coastal Bend)
  • Lloyd Nichols (The Diner – East Texas)
  • Mike Dean (Yaga’s Presents – Galveston)
  • Jimmy Contreras (Taco y Vino – Dallas)
  • Bob Bratcher (Daddy Bob’s BBQ – North Texas)
  • Jessica Delgado (Salome – Rio Grande Valley)
  • Rosa Hogeda Torrez (Original Henry’s Diner – San Angelo)
  • Russell Kirkpatrick (Reata – Tarrant County)
  • Chris Berry (River Smith’s – Lubbock)

Deadline: April 30, 2022

Past Winners

2019 OUTSTANDING RESTAURATEUR AWARD WINNERS:

  • Richard Dewitt Jr.
    Clear Springs Restaurant, East Texas Chapter
  • Jerry Maddox
    Fazoli's, Rio Grande Valley Chapter
  • Yolanda Franco
    Western Sky Steakhouse, San Angelo Chapter
  • Chris Berry
    River Smith's, Lubbock Chapter
  • Ed Hudson
    Jason's Deli, Coastal Bend Chapter
  • Tilman Fertitta
    Landry's,Greater Houston Restaurant Association

2018 OUTSTANDING RESTAURATEUR AWARD WINNERS:

  • Tim Condon
    Lonestar Cheeseburger Company
    Angry Cactus West Texas Bar & Grill
    San Angelo
  • Larry Delgado
    house. wine. & bistro.
    SALT – New American Table
    McAllen - Rio Grande Chapter
  • Andrew Gugar
    Posadas Cafe
    East Texas
  • Kendall Howard
    Howard Restaurant Group
    Lubbock
  • Doris and Paul Miller
    Gr8 Plate Hospitality
    Greater Houston

2017 OUTSTANDING RESTAURATEUR AWARD WINNERS:

  • Sharon Watkins
    Chez Zee American Bistro | Austin
  • Damian and Trina Mandola
    Mandola’s | Austin
  • Janice Provost
    Parigi | Dallas
  • Aaron Lyons
    Dish Society | Houston
  • Mike Van Syckle
    Atomic Omelette and Grill | Rio Grande Valley
  • Phil Bradley
    Copper Caboose | Lubbock
  • Erik Zobel and Je’na Wall (posthumous)
    Zero One Ale House | San Angelo
  • Brian Kelleher
    575 Pizzeria | Amarillo
  • Arthur Garcia
    Nicha’s Comida Mexicana | San Antonio
  • Veronica Segovia Esparza
    Absolutely Delicious Catering and Blanco BBQ | San Antonio

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Hall of Honor

A long-standing Texas Restaurant Association tradition, outstanding individuals are inducted to the Hall of Honor each year to recognize their significant contribution to the Texas restaurant industry and to the association. This honor is the highest that the Association can bestow.

To qualify, nominees must have a minimum of 15 years of TRA membership and exemplify superior business ethics. Criteria include significant time and energy devoted to the benefit of TRA and its members, as well as his or her local chapter. Nominees must also gain proper recognition for the restaurant industry and help to build a positive image.

Check out these profile videos on our most recent inductees:

Read the full press release on our 2021 Hall of Honor inductees here.

Deadline: April 15, 2022

Past Winners

2020

2019

Read the press release on our 2019 Hall of Honor Nominees

2018

2017

2016

2015

2014

2013

2011

  • Gerard Cace
  • Carmelo Mauro, Houston
  • Tom Kenney, Austin

2010

  • Malcolm DeShields, Corpus Christi
  • Ed Murph, Carrollton
  • Ralph Sheffield, Temple

2009

  • Harvey Kloesel, Moulton
  • Raul Molina, Jr., Houston
  • Betty Zentner, San Angelo

2008

  • Viola Barrios
  • Richie Jackson, Austin
  • Don Pittman

2007

  • Bruce Walcutt
  • Jim Baron, Dallas

2006

  • Richard Galvan, Frisco
  • Francisco "Paco" Vargas, Galveston
  • Gerald Stone, Austin

2005

  • Anthony Duncan, El Paso
  • Tom Perini, Buffalo Gap
  • Peggy Scott, Fort Worth

2004

  • Earl Abel, Jr.,
  • Bob Barnes, Granbury

2003

  • Bill Daniel, Wichita Falls
  • Brad Lomax, Corpus Christi
  • Gene Street, Dallas

2002

  • George W. DeWinne, San Antonio
  • Ernie Stith, Longview

2001

  • Hope Garcia Lancarte, Fort Worth
  • Christopher J. Pappas, Houston

2000

  • Bobby D. Cox, Fort Worth
  • Matt G. Martinez, Jr.,

1999

  • Larry Forehand, Bellaire
  • Chris Semos

1998

  • W. H. “Bill” Cromer
  • Dick Dozier

1997

  • A. J. Leger
  • Hans Nadler, San Antonio
  • Beatrice Trevino, Victoria

1996

  • David Cortez, San Antonio
  • W. O. “Ted” Thedford

1995

  • Norman Brinker, Dallas
  • Larry D. Durrett, Jacksonville
  • Frank L. Smith

1994

  • Michael Colias
    John K. Miller, San Antonio

1993

  • C. “Gus” Katsigris, Dallas
  • Mary Levy, Waco
  • Jack C. Richmond, San Antonio

1992

  • Sonny Bryan
  • Frank Green, Stephenville
  • Robert Hawk, Rockwall
  • Gus Keriotis
  • Robert Levy

1991

  • Herb Blankinship, Midland
  • William Horan, Fort Worth
  • Earl Mayfield, San Antonio
  • Milton Neitsch, Jr., Victoria

1990

  • Frank Cuellar, Sr.
  • Dee Haven, Corpus Christi
  • Bob Lee
  • Miguel Martinez

1989

  • Gertrude Applebaum, Elkins Park
  • Rosemary Garbett, Houston
  • Macky Sellers
  • Albert Totah, Victoria

1988

  • Earl Abel, Sr.
  • H.M. “Bill” Bennett
  • Louis Hochman
  • Guy T. Jones
  • Jim L. Peterson, Mooreseville

1987

  • Fred W. Dollar
  • Carolyn Weldon Goodman
  • B. J. Kirby
  • Balous Miller, San Antonio
  • Method Snapka

1986

  • Bruce Allred
  • Jack Bell
  • W. Leroy Daniel
  • Matt Martinez, Sr.
  • Jack Sosebee
  • Samuel Tschirhart, Sr., Castroville
  • C.A. Sanford, Jr., Fort Worth

1985

  • Harry Akin
  • Guillermo Avila, El Paso
  • Robert R. Horan
  • Bill McCoy
  • A.G. Moncla
  • John E. Sohrweide
  • Andrew F. Stasio

1984

  • Roy Blankenship, DeKalb
  • Pete V. Cortez
  • Charles W. Horan, Jr.
  • Alfred Kahn
  • Lucas N. Postolos
  • Giles D. Spiller

1983

  • John S. Cace, Jr.
  • Mack Eplen
  • Leon Gillespie
  • Charles Goodnight
  • Carlo S. Messina
  • Lynon Owens
  • Victor J. Patrizi

1982

  • G. Jim Hasslocher, San Antonio
  • Charles W. Horan, Sr.
  • I. Tom Katz
  • Charles Langford
  • G. D. “Sonny” Look
  • Harry F. Porter
  • George W. Williams

1981

  • Patrick D. Moreland
  • W. Price, Jr.

1937 Founders

  • Victor Colias
  • Mr. and Mrs. Dave Crowder
  • T. C. Daniel | W. C. Dunton
  • V. A. Harrison
  • J. D. Houston
  • Sim T. Lake
  • R. C. Lawler
  • V. H. Osborn | Earl Smith

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Chef Timothy Kelly Award for Educator Excellence

Texas ProStart instructors who demonstrate leadership and excellence in culinary education are eligible to contend for the annual Educator Excellence Award. Teachers must be advocates of the Texas ProStart program and dedicated to helping students achieve success. Awarded to educators who have made significant contributions in the classroom and beyond, the award package includes the following:

  • $1000 cash prize 
  • Complimentary registration to the Culinary Educators Training Conference 
  • 2 tickets to the Texas Restaurant Show 
  • 2 tickets to Lone Star Bash 
  • One-night hotel stay at the Texas Restaurant Show 
  • The winner will go on to represent Texas at the National Restaurant Association Educational Foundation’s Educator Excellence Awards Dinner in Chicago. Students, colleagues, parents and community members are welcome to nominate deserving teachers. Nominate an educator today at the below form. 

Learn about the 2021 winner, Natasha Bruton, here.

Deadline: May 30, 2022

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The Carmelo Mauro Award - The Spirit of Generosity

The Carmelo Mauro Award is an annual recognition, given by the Texas Restaurant Foundation (TRF), for outstanding achievement by an individual philanthropist who has demonstrated the highest ethical standards, commitment, dedication and talent towards the future of the restaurant and foodservice industry.

Prior Recipients of the Carmelo Award:

  • 2021 - Skeeter Miller, County Line BBQ 
  • 2019 – Roger Kaplan 
  • 2018 – Russell Woodward, Texas Beef Council 
  • 2017 – Russel Ybarra 
  • 2016 – Margaret McKoin, The Time Group 
  • 2016 – Carmelo Mauro, Carmelo’s Ristorante Italiano 

Award Criteria

  • Must have a record of distinguished service to the TRF; 
  • Must have made a lasting contribution to the restaurant and foodservice industry and the mission of the TRF; 
  • Must have exhibited leadership and provided inspiration to others in the restaurant and foodservice industry; 
  • Must have positively influenced the restaurant and foodservice industry on a state, national or international level. 

Nomination Process

The Carmelo Award will be presented to the recipient during the TRA Marketplace Texas Restaurant Awards event. Nominees should be cleared to attend the event prior to submitting their name for the award.

All nominations should be submitted through the online form below when it is available.

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For questions regarding the TRF Carmelo Award or the nomination process, contact Susan Petty, Chief of Staff, at [email protected] .


Texas Restaurant Awards: COVID-19

On August 20, 2020, during Virtual TRA Marketplace, the Texas Restaurant Association acknowledged the efforts of hardworking restaurateurs with the first Texas Restaurant Awards: COVID-19. We congratulate the below winners for their efforts, and thank them for their hard work!

  • Service Award: Marty B's (Bartonville)
    Sponsored by Ben E. Keith
  • People Award: Maple Leaf Diner (Dallas)
  • Innovation Award: EVO Cinemas (Kyle, San Marcos, New Braunfels, Austin)
    Sponsored by Coca Cola Southwest Beverages

Read the full press release .