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Five Austin Chefs Named James Beard Semi-Finalists

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The James Beard Foundation announced its semi-finalists for one of the most prestigious set of culinary awards, and five local chefsmade the shortlist

  • Tyson Cole of Uchi and Uchiko(Outstanding Chef)
  • Bryce Gilmore of Barley Swine (Rising Star Chef of the Year and Best Chef: Southwest)
  • Janina O’Leary of TRACE (Rising Star Chef of the Year)
  • Laura Sawicki of La Condesa (Outstanding Pastry Chef)
  • Rene Ortiz of La Condesa (Best Chef: Southwest)

The finalists will be announced Monday, March 18 in Charleston, South Carolina. The awards will be handed out on May 3 and 6 in New York City. 

Nathan Bernier is the transportation reporter at KUT. He covers the big projects that are reshaping how we get around Austin, like the I-35 overhaul, the airport's rapid growth and the multibillion dollar transit expansion Project Connect. He also focuses on the daily changes that affect how we walk, bike and drive around the city. Got a tip? Email him at nbernier@kut.org. Follow him on Twitter @KUTnathan.
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