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11 Next-Level Tacos From Famous Chefs

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These days you can wrap basically anything in a tortilla and call it a taco. Further proof: the Austin Food & Wine Festival's Rock Your Taco competition, where big-name chefs squared off to create the type of genre-bending and downright weird tortilla'd creations that would send most traditionalists running for the border. The best in show were judged by a celebrity foodie panel featuring the likes of Andrew Zimmern and Gail Simmons. They crowned Tim Love the champion, but for our money, here are the 11 sexiest.

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Judges' champ: Fried beef tendon, pickled veggies, avocado crema

Tim Love, Lonesome Dove (Fort Worth)

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Runner-up: Indian-style puffy taco

Chris Shepherd, Underbelly (Houston)
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Tlacoyo de lengue de ternera taco

Paul Qui, qui (Austin)
duck taco
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Duck confit, duck fat tortilla, bacon, jalapeño coulis, crema

Jason Dady, Tre Trattoria (San Antonio)
lamb taco
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Lamb chili hard-shell taco

Jamie Bissonnette & Ken Oringer, Toro (Boston and New York City)
pig prawn taco
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Pig & prawn head

Richard Blais, Juniper & Ivy (San Diego)
salmon taco
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Applewood-smoked masu, white corn, green curry, tom kha, honeydew

Tyson Cole, Uchi (Austin, Houston, Dallas)

mushroom taco
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Mushroom polenta, black garlic aioli, Parmigiano-Reggiano

Tony Mantuano, Spiaggia (Chicago)
pork adobo
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Grilled pork adobo with guacamolito

Levon Wallace, Cochon Butcher (Nashville)
lamb taco
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Braised lamb, cotija, fava, ramp salsa, white corn tortilla

Hugh Acheson, Empire State South (Atlanta)
octopus taco
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Crispy octopus, jicama, radish, pickled chiles, achiote

Antonia Lofaso, Black Market (Studio City, CA)

Dan Gentile is a staff writer on Thrillist's National Food and Drink team. He rocks his taco with one of the million hot sauces in his refrigerator. Follow him to choices, choices, choices at @Dannosphere.