James Beard Awards

6 Austin chefs nominated for most prestigious culinary honor in U.S.

6 Austin chefs nominated for most prestigious culinary honor in U.S.

Olamaie exterior
Olamaie is nominated for Best New Restaurant.  Photo courtesy of Olamaie
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David Bull is nominated for Best Restaurant: Southwest.  Photo by Hayden Spears
Bryce Gilmore Barley Swine
Bryce Gilmore is nominated for Best Chef: Southwest.  Photo by Mel Cole
Olamaie Grae Nonas
Chef Grae Nonas, right, also received a nod for Rising Star of the Year.  Photo by Robert J. Lerma
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Bryce Gilmore Barley Swine
Olamaie Grae Nonas

Semifinalists for the prestigious 2015 James Beard Awards were announced on Wednesday — and Austin was well represented. 

Olamaie, a sweet downtown spot serving up Southern fare, garnered the most honors, receiving a Best New Restaurant nomination and a Rising Star of the Year nod for Chef Grae Nonas. Chefs Mark Buley and Sam Hellman-Mass of Odd Duck are also semifinalists in the Rising Star category.

In the Best Chef: Southwest category, three of Austin's most famous culinary stars received nominations. Aaron Franklin of Franklin Barbecue, David Bull of Congress, and Bryce Gilmore of Barley Swine are all on the list. Bull and Gilmore were nominated in the same category last year.

The James Beard Awards will be held on Monday, May 4 at the Lyric Opera of Chicago. 

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