Bryce Gilmore and Laura Sawicki earn James Beard semifinalist nods

Bryce Gilmore has earned a fifth semi-finalist nod from the James Beard Awards. (Ralph Barrera AMERICAN-STATESMAN)

Bryce Gilmore has earned a fifth semi-finalist nod from the James Beard Awards. (Ralph Barrera AMERICAN-STATESMAN)

Two names very familiar with James Beard Awards voters have again earned semifinalist nods. Barley Swine and Odd Duck chef-owner Bryce Gilmore has been named a semifinalist for Best Chef Southwest for the fifth consecutive year. Barley Swine, his original restaurant, earned the #1 ranking in the Austin360 Dining Guide in 2016 and in 2013, and Odd Duck also took at Top 10 spot last year (#4).

Laura Sawicki and Rene Ortiz of Launderette. Contributed by Launderette

Laura Sawicki and Rene Ortiz of Launderette.
Contributed by Launderette

Laura Sawicki, executive  pastry chef and partner at Launderette and Fresa’s, earned her third semifinalist nomination for Best Pastry Chef in America. She also garnered that recognition last year and in 2013 while at La Condesa, which she helped open with chef-partner Rene Ortiz.

Those two nods are the only received by Austin chefs or restaurants this year. Finalists will be announced on March 15, with the awards taking place in Chicago on May 1. Below are the other chefs nominated for Best Chef Southwest, an honor that has been awarded to Tyson Cole of Uchi (2011), Paul Qui (while at Uchiko in 2012) and Aaron Franklin of Franklin Barbecue (2015).

Charleen Badman, FnB, Scottsdale, AZ

Jen Castle and Blake Spalding, Hell’s Backbone Grill, Boulder, UT

Silvana Salcido Esparza, Barrio Urbano, Phoenix

Omar Flores, Casa Rubia, Dallas

Bryce Gilmore, Barley Swine, Austin

Manabu Horiuchi, Kata Robata, Houston

Anita Jaisinghani, Pondicheri, Houston

Steve McHugh, Cured, San Antonio

Hugo Ortega, Hugo’s, Houston

Jonathan Perno, Los Poblanos, Los Ranchos de Albuquerque, NM

Steve Redzikowski, Acorn, Denver

Martín Rios, Restaurant Martín, Santa Fe

Teiichi Sakurai, Tei-An Soba House, Dallas

Alex Seidel, Mercantile, Denver

Seth Siegel-Gardner and Terrence Gallivan, The Pass, Houston

Eric Skokan, Black Cat, Boulder, CO

Jeff Smedstad, Elote Cafe, Sedona, AZ

John Tesar, Knife, Dallas

David Uygur, Lucia, Dallas

Jianyun Ye, Mala Sichuan Bistro, Houston

 


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