James Beard Foundation Pretty Well Snubs PDX in Awards

Even though our local food scene garnered its fair share of national media attention in the last year or so, that apparently did not translate into much in the eyes of the James Beard Foundation. The foodie organization announced its 2008 James Beard Foundation awards today and Portland garnered what appears to be only two nominations:

  1. Rising Star Chef of the Year: Gabriel Rucker, Le Pigeon
  2. Best Chef: Northwest: Scott Dolich, Park Kitchen

You can view the entire list of nominees by category here. What’s up with this JBF? Seattle, San Francisco and others got way more than PDX, which is the hometown of your namesake. Maybe you didn’t like the fact we got such media spotlight as an under the radar kind of place? You nominate like four Washington chefs and only one Oregon person for Best Chef: Northwest, as an example.

Beard must be rolling right now…

1 Comment so far

  1. daaaaave on March 24th, 2008 @ 2:53 pm

    The list of Portland chefs being considered for the NW Chef nomination were:

    Scott Dolich (Park Kitchen)
    John Gorham (Toro Bravo)
    Chris Israel (23 Hoyt)
    Andy Ricker (Pok Pok)
    Gabriel Rucker (Le Pigeon)
    Cathy Whims (Nostrana)

    So maybe you could switch Toro Bravo for Union (which I haven’t been to this year), but probably not. Crush, Cafe Juanita and especially Tilth are all doing amazing food.

    And you missed out on David Lett from Eyrie in the Wines category.

    But I don’t see getting ignored by the Beard House as an especially bad thing.

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