With polls now closed for restaurant of the year, it's time to vote for the second Eater Awards category: Portland Chef of the Year. Cast your vote below for the chef that really made a difference in 2015. The winner will be announced Monday, November 16, during the 2015 Eater Awards, our sixth annual celebration of all that's made the restaurant world run — and run wild — in the past 12 months.
The nominees are Doug Adams (Imperial, Penny Diner), Aaron Barnett (St. Jack, La Moule), Katy Millard (Coquine), Will Preisch and Joel Stocks (Holdfast), and Matthew Sigler (Renata). Working alongside Vitaly Paley, Doug Adams put his stamp on Imperial this year, cementing the restaurant's reputation as one of downtown's most cosmopolitan dining options. Aaron Barnett continued his steadfast commitment to Lyonnaise cuisine at St. Jack while opening the sexiest little mussel bar this side of Belgium, La Moule. After years of operating a roaming supper club, Katy Millard opened Coquine and delivered focused yet casual menus backed by hard-won French cooking techniques and relationships with local food purveyors. Holdfast's William Preisch and Joel Stocks—inseparable both in the kitchen and in the Eater Awards—showed their dining concept translates well to a brick-and-mortar, further developing their precise modernist cooking style and adding more unusual flavor combinations. And at Renata, Matthew Sigler unleashed unorthodox antipasti and pastas built component by component to pack deep, wide flavors.
Here's how the voting works: Eater editors have named nominees in Portland for each of five major categories. Eater readers will vote, narrowing the nominees to three finalists. From those three finalists, the Eater editorial team will select a winner. Ready to play your part? This poll will be open for 24 hours; voting irregularities will be strictly policed.