The James Beard Foundation this morning just dropped the names of its 2015 Award finalists, and we were happy to see the recognition of a few familiar faces.
Will another Portlander hold on to that title again in 2015, or will the crown travel elsewhere?
Also nominated this year was Portland Monthly's Karen Brooks, for a trio of articles she recently penned. Her stories will compete with the works of two other authors in the Craig Claiborne Distinguished Restaurant Review Award.
Will any of these PDXers bring these awards back home to the Rose City? Stay tuned to find out. The James Beard Foundation will announce all of its award winners in Chicago on Monday, May 4.
In the meantime, we're listing all of Portland's semi-finalists below. The fields this year were crowded, but we think you should have the opportunity stop by any of these chef- and bartender-driven spots to congratulate the men and women who make eating and drinking here such a privilege (and a sport).
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
Trent Pierce, Roe
Sarah Pliner, Aviary
Ryan Roadhouse, Nodoguro
Justin Woodward, Castagna
Tim Healea, Little T American Baker
Outstanding Bar Program