The winners were announced at the Lone Star Bash on Sunday, July 11, 2021 at the Brisco Western Art Museum in San Antonio. The Lone Star Bash is part of a weekend of events surrounding TRA Marketplace, 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 for 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

2021: Harlan Scott (Industry – San Marcos)   

Deep in the Heart Award

2021: Sanif Maredia (MESS Waffles – College Station) 

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) 



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


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

Doris and Paul Miller
Gr8 Plate Hospitality
Greater Houston


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

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.



Tracy Vaught, Houston
David Cole, Irving


Estella Martinez, Dallas
Roger Lumley, Tyler
Mike Shine, Houston

Read the press release on our 2019 Hall of Honor Nominees


Bob Westbrook, Tyler
Leo Duran, El Paso


Scott Plowman, Wichita Falls


Greg Stockton, Wichita Falls
Jeffrey Yarbrough, Dallas
Russell Ybarra, Houston                                                                                                                         


David Cea, Lubbock
Mark Maguire, Dallas
Steve Richmond, San Antonio


Doug Brooks, Dallas 
Bonnie Dominguez, El Paso
Skeeter Miller, Austin


Jimmy Hasslocher, San Antonio
Ricardo Molina,Houston
Rosemary Kowalski, San Antonio


Gerard Cace
Carmelo Mauro, Houston
Tom Kenney, Austin 


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


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


Viola Barrios
Richie Jackson, Austin
Don Pittman


Bruce Walcutt
Jim Baron, Dallas


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


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


Earl Abel, Jr., 
Bob Barnes, Granbury


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


George W. DeWinne, San Antonio 
Ernie Stith, Longview


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


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


Larry Forehand, Bellaire
Chris Semos


W. H. “Bill” Cromer
Dick Dozier


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


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


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


Michael Colias
John K. Miller, San Antonio


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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

Other awards presented at the event include the Educator Excellence Award, presented by Texas Beef Council, the Carmelo Mauro Spirit of Generosity Award, and the Hall of Honor Awards. Award winners are chosen by a mix of staff, board, sponsors, and members. Tickets to attend can be purchased at

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 TRA Marketplace
  • 2 tickets to Lone Star Bash
  • One-night hotel stay at TRA Marketplace

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.

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

For questions regarding the TRF Carmelo Award or the nomination process, contact Susan Petty, Chief of Staff, at

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 here