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Vote For Portland's Chef of the Year

Which chef changed the game in 2017?

Eater Awards 2016 Chef of the Year winner, Maya Lovelace (Mae)
Dina Avila/EPDX

Welcome to day two of the 8th annual Eater Awards, honoring the most talented restaurant and bar industry gurus in cities across the world. Here’s how the Eater Awards work: All 24 Eater cities and the national site will award prizes in multiple categories, including but not limited to Restaurant of the Year, Chef of the Year, and Design of the Year.

In each category, editors will choose an editor’s choice winner and readers will vote for a reader’s choice winner — all to be announced on December 5, 2017. Editor’s choice winners will receive an illustrious tomato can trophy, as is the tradition around here.

This year Eater will further the fanfare, running a splashy feature about every editor’s choice winner throughout the course of the coming year.

Yesterday, readers voted on the Restaurant of the Year. Today, Chef of the Year is up.

Eater Portland’s 2017 nominees in the Chef of the Year category are serving up fresh pastas with Oregon black truffles, modernist riffs on Norwegian lutefisk, and plates bursting with inherent flavors from vegetables and fruits of above-average character. Others upped the sandwich game in a city famous for sandwiches and pulled off an impressive switcheroo, closing two well-regarded restaurants and opening a new concept in their place.

Now, without any further ado, it’s time to vote for the reader’s choice winner in the Chef of the Year category. Polls will be open for 24 hours and will be strictly policed for funny business. Choose wisely:


Who is Portland’s Chef of the Year for 2017?

This poll is closed

  • 2%
    Annie Cuggino (Q Restaurant)
    (92 votes)
  • 41%
    Ryan Fox (Nomad.PDX)
    (1445 votes)
  • 35%
    Jenn Louis (Ray)
    (1233 votes)
  • 6%
    Gabriel Pascuzzi (Stacked Sandwiches)
    (238 votes)
  • 12%
    Sam Smith (Tusk)
    (435 votes)
3443 votes total Vote Now


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Stacked Sandwich Shop

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Q Restaurant

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