Grae Nonas eanred his second consecutive James Beard Award semifinalist nod. (Credit: Rodolfo Gonzalez AMERICAN-STATESMAN)

It’s been quite a whirlwind 12 months for Grae Nonas, co-executive chef and co-owner of refined Southern restaurant Olamaie. Last year he nabbed Best New Chef honors from Food & Wine magazine and a semifinalist nod for Rising Star Chef of the Year from the James Beard association, and his restaurant landed at the top of the Austin360 Dining Guide. He followed up all of that today with another semifinal nod for Rising Star Chef of the Year honors from Beard, an award that recognizes “a chef age 30 or younger who displays an impressive talent and who is likely to make a significant impact on the industry in years to come.”

For the full list of semifinalists, click here. The finalists will be announced on March 15.

Related:Olamaie #1 in Austin360 Dining Guide