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Behold Portland’s 2017 James Beard Awards Restaurant & Chef Semifinalists

Will Oregon take home Best Chef Northwest?

James Beard Foundation

Now in its 27th year, the James Beard Foundation Awards has announced its list of 2017 restaurant and chef semifinalists in 21 categories. It’s been two years since Oregon brought home the Best Chef Northwest award, and among the new nominees in that category this year are Ha (Christina) Luu of Ha VL and Katy Millard of Coquine. Gabriel Rucker of Le Pigeon is again the only Oregon chef nominated for the Outstanding Chef category.

In the Best New Restaurant category, Han Oak holds the distinction of being the only Oregon nominee, while two Seattle restaurants received nominations, Upper Bar Ferdinand and No Anchor. And Mae’s Maya Lovelace is the sole Portland chef in the running for Rising Star Chef of the Year.

View all of the restaurant and chef semifinalists across the United States here. Without further ado, here’s the complete list of 2017 James Beard Awards restaurant and chef semifinalists for Portland and Oregon:

Best Chef Northwest:

Jose Chesa, Ataula

Greg Denton and Gabrielle Quiñónez Denton, Ox,

Ha (Christina) Luu, Ha VL

Joshua McFadden, Ava Gene’s

Katy Millard, Coquine

Sarah Pliner, Aviary

Ryan Roadhouse, Nodoguro

Justin Woodward, Castagna

Best New Restaurant:

Han Oak, Portland, OR

Outstanding Baker:

Ken Forkish, Ken’s Artisan Bakery

Outstanding Bar Program:

Clyde Common

Outstanding Chef:

Gabriel Rucker, Le Pigeon

Outstanding Pastry Chef:

Kristen Murray, Måurice

Outstanding Restaurant:


Outstanding Restaurateur:

Monique Siu, Castagna and Café Castagna

Outstanding Service:

The Painted Lady Restaurant, Newberg, OR

Outstanding Wine Program:

Jory at the Allison Inn & Spa, Newberg, OR

Outstanding Wine, Spirits, or Beer Professional:

Greg Lorenz, SakéOne, Forest Grove, OR

Steve McCarthy, Clear Creek Distillery

Rising Star Chef of the Year:

Maya Lovelace, Mae

The James Beard Foundation short-list of finalists will be announced on March 15 in Los Angeles (you can watch it all live on the James Beard Foundation’s Facebook page). Winners will be named May 1 at a gala at the Lyric Opera of Chicago.


2225 NE Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard, Portland, Oregon 97212 Visit Website


2110 South Lamar Boulevard, , TX 78704 (512) 916-4445 Visit Website

Ken's Artisan Bakery

338 NW 21st Avenue, Portland, OR 97210 Visit Website


4636 Northeast 42nd Avenue, , OR 97218 (503) 444-7947 Visit Website

Ha Vl

2738 SE 82nd Avenue, Portland, OR 97266 503-772-0103

Ava Gene's

3377 Southeast Division Street, , OR 97202 (971) 229-0571 Visit Website

Han Oak

511 NE 24TH AVE, Portalnd, OR 97232 Visit Website


2015 Chestnut Street, , CA 94123 (415) 440-4290 Visit Website

Le Pigeon

738 East Burnside Street, , OR 97214 (503) 546-8796 Visit Website


623 Northeast 23rd Avenue, , OR 97232 Visit Website