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Here Are Austin's James Beard Award Semifinalists For 2015

Chefs from Olamaie, Odd Duck, Franklin Barbecue, and Congress all get nods.

The James Beard Foundation released their list of 2015 semifinalists today, and Austin nabs a total of six spots. The lengthy list will be narrowed down to a selection of finalists next month.

Southern-influenced Olamaie is a semifinalist for restaurant of the year, and co-chef Grae Nonas is a semifinalist in the Rising Star category, as are Mark Buley and Sam Hellman-Mass from Odd Duck. Austin-based semifinalists for Best Chef Southwest are David Bull of Congress, Aaron Franklin of Franklin Barbecue, and Bryce Gilmore for Barley Swine. Bull was a semifinalist last year, and Gilmore was a finalist. This year's finalists will be announced Tuesday, March 24, and the chef and restaurant winners will be revealed at a May 4 gala at the Lyric Opera in Chicago.