The 2016 James Beard Awards nominees have been announced, and it's a good year for Austin all-stars. Two local chefs and one restaurant are in the running for the Oscars of the food industry.
Beloved local chef Bryce Gilmore, of Barley Swine and Odd Duck, is once again nominated for Best Chef: Southwest. He's joined by three other Texans: Steve McHugh of Cured in San Antonio, Hugo Ortega of Caracol in Houston, and Justin Yu of Oxheart in Houston. If Gilmore wins, he'll join three other Austin chefs with the title: Aaron Franklin (2015), Paul Qui (2012), and Tyson Cole (2011).
Chef Grae Nonas of Southern favorite Olamaie nabs a nomination for Rising Star of the Year, for which he was a semifinalist in 2015. And newcomer Launderette, the charming East Austin concept from Rene Ortiz and Laura Sawicki, rounds out the Austin representation with a nomination for Best New Restaurant in America.
The 2016 James Beard Awards will be held May 2 at the Lyric Opera of Chicago.