The James Beard Foundation just announced the semi-finalists of the 2015 Restaurant and Chef awards this morning, and once again there's a heaping helping of Portland notables on the list. Last year was a big year for Portland, with Naomi Pomeroy's win for Best Chef Northwest, and Nick's Italian Cafe in McMinnville earning an American Classics Award. Will 2015 be an even bigger year?
Finalists for the awards will be selected from this long list and announced on Tuesday, March 24, 2015. The winners will be announced at the James Beard Foundation Awards on Monday, May 4 in Chicago.
For the full list of semifinalists click here.
Andy Ricker, Pok Pok
Outstanding Pastry Chef
Kristen Murray, Måurice
Best New Restaurant
Best Chef Northwest
Greg Denton and Gabrielle Quiñónez Denton, Ox,
Kevin Gibson, Davenport
Gregory Gourdet, Departure
Sunny Jin, Jory Restaurant at the Allison Inn & Spa, Newberg
Joe Kim, 5 Fusion and Sushi Bar, Bend
Trent Pierce, Roe
Sarah Pliner, Aviary
Ryan Roadhouse, Nodoguro
Justin Woodward, Castagna
Tim Healea, Little T American Baker
Outstanding Bar Program
Outstanding Wine Program
Jory Restaurant at the Allison Inn & Spa, Newberg