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James Beard Awards 2018 Restaurant & Chef Semifinalists for Portland

Congrats to all

Bar seating inside the now-closed Clyde Common.
Clyde Common

This morning the James Beard Foundation released its list of semifinalists in the 2018 Restaurant and Chef Awards. This “long list” will get winnowed down to five nominees per category; those finalists will be revealed on Wednesday, March 14 from a live press conference in Philadelphia, featuring the Foundation’s new CEO Clare Reichenbach. The James Beard Awards Gala, where the previously announced America’s Classics winners are also acknowledged, will take place on Monday, May 7 in Chicago. (Media Awards finalists will also be announced on March 14, and winners will be revealed on Wednesday, April 27.)

Below, the full list of Portland semifinalists. Congratulations to all the names and teams. Tune in next month to see how far they will go.

Here’s the list of Portland semifinalists:

Outstanding Baker:
Ken Forkish, Trifecta Tavern

Outstanding Bar Program: Clyde Common

Outstanding Chef: Gabriel Rucker, Le Pigeon

Outstanding Pastry Chef: Kristen Murray, Måurice

Outstanding Restaurateur:
Akkapong (Earl) Ninsom (Langbaan, Paadee, Hat Yai, and others)
Monique Siu (Castagna and Café Castagna)

Outstanding Wine Program: Noble Rot

Rising Star Chef of the Year: Maya Lovelace, Mae

Best Chef: Northwest:
Peter Cho, Han Oak
Gregory Gourdet, Departure
Ha (Christina) Luu and Peter Luu, Ha VL
Katy Millard, Coquine
Sarah Minnick, Lovely’s Fifty Fifty
Bonnie Morales, Kachka
Narumol (Nong) Poonsukwattana, Nong’s Khao Man Gai
Ryan Roadhouse, Nodoguro
Justin Woodward, Castagna

Here Are the 2018 James Beard Awards Restaurant and Chef Semifinalists [EN]
James Beard Foundation Announces 2018 America’s Classics Awards [EN]