One of the most acclaimed fine-dining seafood restaurants in Portland, Roe sits hidden within B + T Oyster Bar on SE Division, and the above episode of Human, an original series by Toyota, unveils the technical wizardry of chef Trent Pierce.
In the video, the recently announced 2016 James Beard Award semifinalist shows you just what fuels Roe: an obsession with seafood and the world's most complex cooking techniques (mostly French and Japanese). Roe does things like serve caviar tasting flights so you can compare different caviars, but Pierce doesn't get caught up in complexity for complexity's sake. He presents focused plates that, though based in hard-won techniques, keep their flavors pure.
The Human episode, titled, Meet The Inventive Chef Who's Obsessed With The Perfect Plate Of Fish, was produced by Toyota Prius as part of their Humans campaign. The campaign involves three videos, each profiling three people from three different walks of life. Pierce's is the first video in the series and runs a little under nine minutes.