Barley Swine chef Bryce Gilmore is a finalist for 2017’s James Beard Awards, under the Best Chef Southwest category. He's up against Steve McHugh (San Antonio’s Cured), Hugo Ortega (Houston’s Hugo’s), Steve Redzikowski (Denver’s Acorn), Martin Rios (Santa Fe’s Restaurant Martín) and Jianyun Ye (Houston’s Mala Sichuan Bistro). The James Beard Foundation announced the finalists today.
This is Gilmore’s fifth time as a finalist for the acclaimed food foundation's annual awards. Unfortunately, Launderette’s Laura Sawicki didn’t make it to the finalist round for Outstanding Pastry Chef.
Last year, Gilmore, Sawicki, and then-Olamaie chef Grae Nonas (as a Rising Star of the Year) were finalists for the awards, along with Launderette for Best New Restaurant, but none received medals. Other Austin winners include Aaron Franklin in 2015, Paul Qui in 2012, and Tyson Cole's tie in 2011.
The James Beard Awards 2017 winners will be announced on Monday, May 1 in Chicago.