Aaron Franklin among Austin semifinalists for James Beard Awards

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Aaron Franklin runs Franklin Barbecue. Photo by Laura Skelding

Olamaie, Grae Nonas, David Bull, Bryce Gilmore, Sam Hellman-Mass and Aaron Franklin are semifinalists for this year’s James Beard Awards.

Olamaie earned the nod for best new restaurant, and its chef Nonas is among the chefs recognized in the Rising Star category. Mark Buley and Sam Hellman-Mass, the chefs behind Odd Duck — the sister restaurant of Barley Swine — share a joint nomination in that category.

Barley Swine’s Gilmore is a semi-finalist for the third year in a row and has been a finalist the previous two years. Bull, executive chef and partner at fine dining restaurant Congress has also received semi-finalist and finalist nods, was nominated for “Best New Chef Southwest” in 2007. This is the first Beard nomination for Franklin, the pitmaster behind his eponymous barbecue restaurant on East 11th Street.


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