The James Beard Foundation is once again stretching their yearly awards program to get as much publicity as possible. A press release this week lists the 2016 finalists. Only three Portland authors/chefs/restaurants have been retained from the original list of 18 local semi-finalists. The winners will be announced on May 2nd.
American Cooking Book Award
- Jackie and Adam Sappington have been nominated for a James Beard Foundation award for their book, Heartlandia: Heritage Recipes from Portland’s The Country Cat.
Best Chef: Northwest (AK, ID, MT, OR, WA, WY)
- Greg Denton and Gabrielle Quiñónez Denton, Ox, Portland, OR
- Justin Woodward, Castagna, Portland, OR
Outstanding bar program:
- Clyde Common
- – Eater – “One Night: Kachka” Erin DeJesus, Danielle Centoni, Jen Stevenson, Dina Avila, McGraw Wolfman
Here are the original 2016 semi-finalists:
Best new restaurant (in the USA) – Coquine Outstanding baker – Kim Boyce, Bakeshop Outstanding Chef – Gabriel Rucker, Le Pigeon Outstanding Pastry Chef – Kristen Murray, Maurice Outstanding Restaurateur – Nate Tilden – Clyde Common, Olympia Provisions, Spirit of 77, The Richmond Outstanding Wine Program – Jory Restaurant at the Allison Inn & Spa, Newberg OR. Outstanding Wine, Spirits, or Beer Professional – Steve McCarthy, Clear Creek Distillery
Rising Star Chef of the Year nominations:
Doug Adams – Imperial, Ryan Fox and Ali Matteis – Nomad Jose Chesa, Ataula, Portland, OR Greg Denton and Gabrielle Quiñónez Denton, Ox, Portland, OR Joe Kim, 5 Fusion and Sushi Bar, Bend, OR Trent Pierce, Roe, Portland, OR Sarah Pliner, Aviary, Portland, OR Ryan Roadhouse, Nodoguro, Portland, OR Allen Routt, Painted Lady, Newberg, OR Justin Woodward, Castagna, Portland, OR
Looking forward to finding out who wins May 2nd. I also want to try and get my hands on some of these cook books.