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.