Portland’s 2015 James Beard Award Semi-Finalists

Major nominations for this year’s class of culinary professionals.

By Benjamin Tepler February 18, 2015


The James Beard Foundation just dropped its semi-finalist nominations for 2015. With 16 nominations, including five of Portland Monthly’s Best Restaurants 2014, it’s shaping up to be Portland’s biggest year yet. In 2014, Beast’s Naomi Pomeroy took Best Chef Northwest. In 2013, it was Le Pigeon’s Gabriel Rucker. Stay tuned for the list of finalists, announced on Tuesday, March 24.

Best New Restaurant



Best Chef: Northwest

Greg Denton and Gabrielle Quiñónez Denton, Ox 

Kevin Gibson, Davenport

Gregory Gourdet, Departure

Trent Pierce, Roe

Sarah Pliner, Aviary

Ryan Roadhouse, Nodoguro

Justin Woodward, Castagna

Sunny Jin, Jory Restaurant at the Allison Inn & Spa, Newberg

Joe Kim, 5 Fusion and Sushi Bar, Bend

Outstanding Baker

Tim Healea, Little T American Baker

Outstanding Bar Program

Clyde Common

Outstanding Chef

Andy Ricker, Pok Pok

Outstanding Pastry Chef

Kristen Murray, Måurice

Outstanding Wine Program

Jory Restaurant at the Allison Inn & Spa, Newberg


Check out the full list of semifinalists here.

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