Six Austin Restaurants Among James Beard Semifinalists

Olamie Restaurant | Facebook

Olamie Restaurant | Facebook

The James Beard Foundation announced the semifinalists for its annual culinary awards and amongst them are six of Austin’s top restaurants.  Newcomer Olamie was nominated both for Best New Restaurant as well as for the Rising Star of the Year award, alongside Mark Bukey and Sam Hellman-Mass of Odd Duck.  In the Best Chef: Southwest category, Chefs David Bull of Congress, Aaron Franklin of Franklin Barbecue and Bryce Gilmore of Barley Swing were all nominated.

The impressive number of nominated Austin chefs and restaurants doubled from last year, when only three Austin restaurants earned semifinal nominations.  The winners of the prestigious awards will be announced in May.  Read More