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PoMo Names Ataula's Jose Chesa 2014 Chef of the Year

The Barcelona-born chef earns raves for a modernist prowess that's as "accessible as a tater tot."

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As Portland Monthly continues to roll out juicy news from the upcoming "Restaurant Issue," we get word that Ataula's Jose Chesa earns top chef honors.

"Chesa put the first true taste of Catalan cooking on Portland's table, rigorously spiced, then lifted it with little flavor intricacies and modernist know-how gleaned at top kitchens in France and Spain," food critic Karen Brooks writes.

Ataula opened just over a year ago, but it became an instant hit and a crucial part of the Portland food scene, as Chesa raised the bar with his masterful take on modern tapas.


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