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Barley Swine founder and chef Bryce Gilmore and Olamaie founder and chef Michael Fojtasek are up in Chicago right now for the James Beard Awards. This is the sixth consecutive year Gilmore, whose Barley Swine has taken home top Austin restaurant honors twice from this critic, has been a finalist for Best Chef: Southwest and the first such nomination for Fojtasek, whose Olamaie has also been named #1 twice by me.
The Oscars of the restaurant world take place this evening and you can watch the ceremony streaming online. The red carpet coverage starts at 5:30 p.m. followed by the ceremony at 6 p.m.
Former Austin winners of the award include Tyson Cole of Uchi (2o11), Paul Qui while at Uchiko (2012) and Aaron Franklin (2015). The two Austin chefs are competing against Steve McHugh of Cured in San Antonio, Martín Rios, of Restaurant Martín in Santa Fe and Alex Seidel of Mercantile in Denver.
The Michael Hsu Office of Architecture was also named a finalist for best restaurant design for Otoko at the South Congress Hotel.