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Austin chefs Bryce Gilmore and Michael Fojtasek come up short at James Beard Awards

Matthew Odam
modam@statesman.com

It wasn’t Austin’s night at the James Beard Foundation Awards. The city boasted two of the five nominees for Best Chef: Southwest at Monday night’s awards, but Barley Swine chef-owner Bryce Gilmore and Olamaie chef-owner Michael Fojtasek were beat out by Alex Seidel of Mercantile in Denver. This was the sixth consecutive year Gilmore attended the awards as a finalist, and the first such appearance by Fojtasek.

Gilmore and Fojtasek did not enter the small fraternity of Austin three chefs (Tyson Cole, Paul Qui and Aaron Franklin) that have won the award, but their two restaurants have taken top honor in the Austin360 Dining Guide four of the last five years.

Seidel also beat out chefs Steve McHugh of Cured in San Antonio and Martín Rios of Restaurant Martín in Santa Fe for the honor.

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