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To nobody’s surprise, Portland dominated the semifinalist nominations for the Northwest region yet again, earning 17 nods against Seattle’s 15 on Thursday, February 15. Newberg's Painted Lady Restaurant got the sole non-Portland nom, bringing Oregon's overall nods to 18.

There are plenty of repeats, like Gabriel Rucker for Outstanding Chef, Ken Forkish for Outstanding Baker, and Kristen Murray for Outstanding Pastry Chef. But also new ones: well-deserved Best Chef Northwest nods for Han Oak’s Peter Cho, Sarah Minnick from Lovely’s Fifty-Fifty, and Narumol (Nong) Poonsukwattana from Nong’s Khao Man Gai. Last year, Ox’s Greg and Gabrielle Denton earned top brass. Who will earn the highest achievement for the industry this year? Check back on March 14, when finalists are announced ahead of the May 7 award ceremony.

Here's a look at all of Oregon's nominations:

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 Service

The Painted Lady Restaurant, Newberg, OR 

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

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