Celebrating Austin's Culinary Scene

Todd Duplechan, Lenoir & Jester King take top honors at 2013 CultureMap Tastemaker Awards

Todd Duplechan & Jester King take top Tastemaker honors

Photos of the 2013 CultureMap Tastemaker Awards
CultureMap Tastemaker winners from top left: Laura Sawicki, Todd Duplechan, Tacy Rowland. Bottom from left: Jester King, Mark Sayre, Lenoir.
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Chef: Todd Duplechan, Lenoir Photo by Hayden Spears
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Pastry Chef: Laura Sawicki, La Condesa Photo by Bill Sallans
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Wine and Beverage Service: Mark Sayre, Trio Photo by Hayden Spears
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Brewer: Jester King, Jeff Stuffings, Ron Extract, and Michael Steffing (not pictured) Photo by Bill Sallans
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Craft Bartender: Tacy Rowland, Drink Well Photo by Jessica Pages
Tastemaker restaurant Lenoir interior light and airy wooden table
Restaurant: Lenoir Photo by Hayden Spears
Photos of the 2013 CultureMap Tastemaker Awards
Austin Photo Set: Patricia_tastemakers_chefs_march 2013_Todd Duplechan
Austin Photo Set: News_Tom_meet the tastemakers_la condesa_march 2012_laura sawicki
Austin Photo Set: News_Jessica dupuy_tastemakers_wine and beverage_april 2012_mark sayre
Austin Photo Set: Tastemakers 2013_brewery_jester king
Austin Photo Set: Tastemakers 2013_Tacy Rowland_drink well
Tastemaker restaurant Lenoir interior light and airy wooden table

What better way to kick off food season in Austin than with an awards program celebrating the best of Austin's culinary and cocktail scene? CultureMap did just that with Thursday night's Tastemaker Awards, benefiting the Austin Food & Wine Alliance.

The second annual event, held at the iconic Driskill Hotel, brought together chefs, breweries and craft bartenders, along with the city's biggest food fans, for an evening of food sampling, cocktail sipping and celebration of Austin's diverse — and growing — culinary scene.

Guests sampled bites from celebrated restaurants including Congress, Barley Swine, Uchiko and Olive & June, and sipped cocktails featuring Texas spirits, crafted by bartenders Josh Loving, Jason Stevens and Tacy Rowland.

The highlight of the evening was the anticipated awards program, honoring winners in six categories: Restaurant, Chef, Pastry Chef, Sommelier/Beverage Director, Brewery and Craft Bartender. Emceed by famed Austin chef Jack Gilmore (of Jack Allen's Kitchen), the 2013 Tastemaker Awards highlighted the Austin food scene's growing diversity — and its acceptance of new talent.

The 2013 CultureMap Tastemaker winners are:

Restaurant
Lenoir

Chef
Todd Duplechan, Lenoir

Pastry Chef
Laura Sawicki, La Condesa

Sommelier/Beverage Director
Mark Sayre, Trio

Brewery
Jester King

Craft Bartender
Tacy Rowland, Drink.Well.

Also announced was the winner of the 2013 CultureMap New Restaurant Challenge. Narrowed down from an initial pool of 16 new hot spots, Epicerie Cafe & Grocery was named the people's choice winner, based on CultureMap readers' votes.

“This year’s Tastemaker Awards shows the great strides Austin had made as a food community over the years,” says Jessica Dupuy, CultureMap food editor. “We have diversity in our restaurants and chefs, and a growing strength in our own craft products such as spirits and beer. It’s a good time for Central Texas.”

While only one nominee in each category could be named a winner, CultureMap celebrates all 2013 nominees — from restaurant and chef to brewery and craft bartender — for their contributions to the unique flavor of Austin's food scene.

Congratulations to the 2013 Tastemakers. Cheers to another year of spectacular food and drink in the Capital City!